Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate by ZoeQuinn Online

Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
Title : Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
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Language : English
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Number of Pages : 239

You've heard the stories about the dark side of the internet--hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn--but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you.Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private infYou've heard the stories about the dark side of the internet--hackers, #gamergate, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn--but they remain just that: stories. Surely these things would never happen to you.Zoe Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend published a crazed blog post cobbled together from private information, half-truths, and outright fictions, along with a rallying cry to the online hordes to go after her. They answered in the form of a so-called movement known as #gamergate--they hacked her accounts; stole nude photos of her; harassed her family, friends, and colleagues; and threatened to rape and murder her. But instead of shrinking into silence as the online mobs wanted her to, she raised her voice and spoke out against this vicious online culture and for making the internet a safer place for everyone.In the years since #gamergate, Quinn has helped thousands of people with her advocacy and online-abuse crisis resource Crash Override Network. From locking down victims' personal accounts to working with tech companies and lawmakers to inform policy, she has firsthand knowledge about every angle of online abuse, what powerful institutions are (and aren't) doing about it, and how we can protect our digital spaces and selves.Crash Override offers an up-close look inside the controversy, threats, and social and cultural battles that started in the far corners of the internet and have since permeated our online lives. Through her story--as target and as activist--Quinn provides a human look at the ways the internet impacts our lives and culture, along with practical advice for keeping yourself and others safe online.


Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate Reviews

  • Sarah Andersen

    I picked up this book because I wanted to know more about Zoe's experience, and was pleasantly surprised to find her devoting a large deal of the book to analyzing the systems that enable online abuse. She is incredibly impressive in the way she not only survived her experience, but documented it, learned about it, and is attempting to turn these systems inside out in an effort to help others. Instead of digging through the book for more fuel for conspiracy theories, perhaps take a radical posit [...]

  • Alison

    tbh, before I read this book, I figured at least writing a review would be quick. I was well aware of what Quinn had been put through, and I was worried that saying anything critical at all would help the haters hate some more, so I figured I would be saying something like "yay standing up against bullies", "boo to misogyny" and that would be it.I couldn't have been more wrong.Because this book is GOOD, and perhaps more importantly, it comes at a time when there are a bunch of conversations we a [...]

  • Gail

    Quinn has taken the huge bushel basket of lemons she got by being a victim of a vindictive ex and the GamerGate mob and has turned it into lemonade for herself and other victims of online harassment. Here she is brutally honest in her telling of that awful time, and how she has come out the other side to create Crash Override, a group that helps other victims. I got this ARC at Book Expo. Many thanks!

  • Aoife Kelly

    Amazing-- deeply personal but very informed. Definitely much more than a memoir it's a practical and knowledgeable guidebook on online harassment and what everyone -- advocates, journalists, non-profits, law enforcement and just regular internet users can be doing better on this issue.

  • Hanna

    Part memoir, part ode to cyberculture; Quinn shares her experiences as a game developer, professional, and victim of online abuse at the hands of Gamergate. This book was thoughtful and raw. I appreciated Quinn's honesty and solutions-oriented take on the problem that is online abuse. I think this book is important and I think it's something that everyone could benefit from reading. There's a lot to learn, both about tech stuff & online safety, as well as downright humility & compassion. [...]

  • Greg Bates

    Zoe Quinn didn't need to do any of this.She could have just written down what happened, spit some insults at the vilest of the vile manchildren who caused it, and cashed a check. She didn't have to draw a straight line from the hordes of unbelievably hateful GamerGaters to the richest tech companies on Earth. She didn't have to call out everyone's favorite liberal, LGBT-friendly personalities as sociopathic monsters who'd rather let the world burn than hurt the bottom line. She didn't have to to [...]

  • Brandon Forsyth

    Zoë Quinn has written an important book, but not necessarily a great one. There's a lot of insight here into both her personal experience and the issue of online assault, but I think I learned more and had a better time with Jon Ronson's SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED. Ms. Quinn's is an important voice, and I'm glad she's speaking out, but it does feel a little dry.

  • Thibaut Nicodème

    I don't really read nonfiction a lot, but I gotta support Ms Quinn for…obvious reasons.

  • skullface

    Audible narration and production: no complaints. I always prefer to “read” personal nonfiction in the author's voice. Could have benefitted from some tighter editing (name mispronunciation, grammar), but not distracting. The first half is a memoir surrounding the rise and fall of GG and its impact on the author. The abuse the author suffered is fucking awful and the fall out continues today, as you'll likely see in comments of this review. Quinn's enemies are so dedicated to hating her that [...]

  • Nunya

    Complete Waste of Time and MoneyGiving this blog-in-book-form 2 stars only because it does highlight the abuses people endure when they are targeted by the hate machine.  No one should be subjected to that abuse.The second star is because this book reminded me why I read everything with a critical eye and do my own research in addition to information presented.The fact is that Ms. Quinn made statements without presenting any evidence, which is a huge red flag. For example, she claims that TERFs [...]

  • Emily

    I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this as I thought it would be rather depressing, but I’m glad I checked it out. Internet abuse is a horrible thing to read about, and some really rotten things happened to Quinn, but I liked how she dedicated a large chunk of her book to prevention and suggestions of what to do if it happens to you. I really appreciate her repeated points that internet abuse is never OK, even toward the “deserving,” like the abusers themselves, and that she called herself o [...]

  • Haley

    I met Zoë back in 2014, right at the onset of all this GG nonsense, when I was working at Twitter. Between frantically trying to help escalate the more egregious abusive posts, and dealing with my own stalker (who used GG to help advance his own obsessive abuse of women in tech), I didn't have much time for my engineering work, so I left shortly after. I've been following her work and her story since then, and I find this book to be an approachable and accurate chronicle of the events of those [...]

  • Deb

    I am not in any way a gamer so I was not familiar with Zoe Quinn and 'Gamergate' but this book popped up as a Kindle deal and I found myself interested in Quinn's story. Rather than buy it, I checked the e-book out from the library. Quinn, an indie game developer is pushed into a nightmare when her ex-boyfriend starts and encourages a massive online harassment campaign with the sole purpose of destroying her life. She, her family, new significant other and friends and colleagues--and really anyo [...]

  • Brittany

    I picked this book up at Hachette's BEA table this year from a friend who was working at Quinn's booth. Sadly, (or perhaps it's luckily in her eyes) I had no idea who she was. I didn't have a clue what GamerGate was until reading the Introduction of this book. I asked my fiancé about it and his response was "Put the book down now. It was ridiculous." So of course I kept reading. Quinn's story is horrifying, plain and simple. The fact that she, and so many other people have gone through what she [...]

  • Beverly

    A really wonderful treatise on what to do if trolls start attacking you on the internet, Crash Override tells Zoe's story of how her life and work were taken over by her ex to a horrific degree. Already suffering from depression and a low-self image, she managed to help herself and eventually others with a business called Crash Override and she offers tips to help everyone protect themselves from online bullying and having your information stolen. Eventually, she even began working in her field [...]

  • Mrs. Europaea

    This isn't a story about how we become evacuees. This is a story about how we become resilient. I will be honest, I had absolutely no idea who Zoe Quinn was or the scandal that was/is #Gamergame before reading this. So I really was a blank slate without any bais going into this able to form my opinions and judgments as it may be. I have to admit, Quinn supplies overwhelming evidence that her version of events seem much closer to the truth than anything you can pull up from Google.In recounting h [...]

  • Carey

    The second this came out I found and got a copy. The prose is rather stilted and annoying. The subject, such as it is, Is one woman's spin on events that she was at the fringe of at best. She asserts that she was the victim of bullying online, and I believe that part BUT- the nude pictures she says were posted of her were not stolen- they were commercially available. She asserts she is a games designer, and technically that is true. However aside from a crowdsource that she never delivered promi [...]

  • Badseedgirl

    Zoe Quinn may be an excellent code writer and game designer, but she really needed someone to help her write this book. Clunky, and a tad poor as me in the first section. Once she starts writing about Crash Override, it was much more interesting.I feel incredibly bad for Ms. Quinn and what she went through. I'm not sure why people feel it is ok to say whatever they want on the internet. I doubt much of the horrible things said to and about her would have been said if the speaker were not allowed [...]

  • Jeff

    I respect Quinn as a creator and an online personality; that said, I'm not sure this book is for me. A lot of it is spent on the basics of internet hate and intersectionality, and while I get that this is clearly important to a lay audience, I could do without it.I was a bit (though not completely) surprised at her portrait of institutional inertia and even hostility in terms of shutting down abuse.What I found most interesting is the answer to the question I always ask: how does she keep living [...]

  • Paul

    Crash Override by Zoe Quinn is a must read for anyone that operates a good amount of their life on the internet, especially content creators. Quinn takes us back to the beginnings of the #GamerGate harassment, what caused it, how it affected her life and her commitment to helping others overcome online harassment. Quinn first starts the memoir off in a very memoir like way by explaining her background and her love for gaming. Anyone in her age range, myself included, will be very familiar with t [...]

  • Matthew Birkenhauer

    Right off the bat, I'd like to welcome anybody who just came to post angry things about Zoe Quinn. Hi! It's blatantly obvious that you're trying to sink the rating of a book you haven't actually read! Then again, being completely ineffectual in tactics and obvious in ideology is so utterly Gamergate that there's no real point in complaining about it. Oh well!Anyway, I was there when it happened. I remember when the first reports came out with scarce information, and I briefly joined the dogpile [...]

  • Ben Babcock

    Watching GamerGate unfold from the outside and listening to Zoë Quinn describe it in her own words are two very different things. Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate is more than a memoir; it’s a comprehensive dissection of a flawed facet of the Internet. I read it not just because I wanted to hear Quinn’s account of what happened but understand, from the perspective of someone who has endured so much online abuse, how t [...]

  • Zach

    A brief history of GamerGate, followed by a deep and detailed analysis of the social, legal and technical gaps that make abuse such a staggering problem online. This book carefully weighs emotion, compassion, and the experiences of other people to provide an incredible story as well as a hopeful path forward.

  • Robert Kingett

    The audio version is read by the author and while I usually advocate for authors to read their own work for the audio book, it would have been nice if some voice training could have taken place before recording. The author’s vocal fry is very distracting and it takes away from the writing. An audio technique I enjoyed, and I wish other audio publishers did this, was they had a variety of other narrators read quoted tweets and emails and embedded comments.This book appears to be two books in on [...]

  • Laura

    TW: This is a book about harassment, so it's really intense and not particularly easy to read. If you are a harassment, assault, or violence victim, you might not feel comfortable reading it. While I found myself agreeing with most of the statements Zoë Quinn made in this book, halfway through I also had to take a huge breather and a break because it was (mentally) too much to handle. This might make you lose some of the faith you (still) have in humanity and wonder why people are garbage; but [...]

  • Sandra

    Blast from the past, and a precious Gamergate memento.My suggestion to a compassionate reader would be to not take the story at face value and do a bit of independent research, while maintaining a solid dose of skepticism.

  • Danielle T

    I was expecting more of a memoir out of this, but pleasantly, Crash Override analyzes and offers suggestions of how to fight the internet hate machine. Quinn is also aware that POC and trans people have long gotten attacked in this fashion before she has, and uplifts by ceding the 'mic' to marginalized voices on experiences & the importance of community. Her organization, Crash Override Network (named in reference to the Hackers movie) provides support work for internet abuse victims, and he [...]

  • Julie lit pour les autres

    Il y a de ces livres qui font monter la pression sanguine et qui font bouillir le sang. Le témoignage de Zoe Quinn sur la marée de haine en ligne qu'elle a vécu lors du Gamergate fait tout cela et bien plus encore. (Le Gamergate est une créature à plusieurs têtes: d'abord un scandale mettant au coeur l'éthique des journalistes du milieu des jeux vidéos, il est devenu un espace pour l'expression de réactions brutales et violentes face aux critiques osant dénoncer la misogynie dans le mi [...]

  • Chris Brown

    This book is a bit of a horror story as how bad the internet mob can be. Ms Quinn writes about her experiences warts and all and how she came through the other side of it. The books offers some very good advice and excellent tools to use should the trolls come after you. I’d love to see a companion book that is more along those lines as a possible follow up. A harrowing but good read.

  • Megan

    I could go on at length about how much I loved this book, how I'm ordering my own personal copy as we speak, and how I want to mail all of my old sociology professors a copy as well, but I'll spare you all from that tedium.I will say, my favorite thing about this book is how Quinn masterfully "passed the mic" to marginalized folks who have also been victims on online abuse and harassment. Whenever I read a critical nonfiction piece- whether a book or a study- I always want to know who holds the [...]