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Crash Override Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

©2017 Zoe Quinn (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"A worthwhile read for anyone interested in taking action against the realities - and devastating effects - of extreme Internet trolling...an informative and inspiring book." (Kirkus Reviews)

"I tore through this book. Zoe Quinn doesn't just present a clear-eyed examination of the Internet's endemic sickness (though she does that beautifully), she contextualizes her personal nightmare within our current national one. It's a gripping read with historical merit." (Lindy West, author of Shrill)

"We finally have a chance to hear what we've been eagerly awaiting: Zoe's real story in her own words. If you've been harassed, depressed, lonely, or lost, her story will inspire and empower you. After all of it, she still finds a way to be optimistic and a force for positive change. She gives me hope for humanity and the future of technology." (Ellen Pao, former CEO of Reddit, cofounder of Project Include)

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    "Engaging book about an important issue"

    This is a well written book covering a topic that should be of concern to everyone. Quinn has a good voice and narrates her own story well, using language that is informative while also being accessible. Even for someone like me, who was relatively familiar with the major events involved, there was a lot of new information and ideas, including practical advice for how to better secure your privacy online.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Allen 09-12-17
    Laura Allen 09-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent perspective"

    I was aware gamer gate was thing as it was happening, but ashamedly didn't take enough time to educate myself on the key players and what was at stake.

    Zoe provides some background on gamergate, but what I took away from this book was a new approach in dealing with group think bullying. It's a shame many who side passively with her harassers won't listen to this perspective as it is applicable to society in general and not just in the specific case of gamergate.

    I would consider this a must read/listen to fully understand the relationship between what happened then and what is happening now. Particularly when a certain former presidential strategist recognized the power of this mobilized community and used it to his candidate's advantage.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    TandR 09-10-17
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    "Incredibly informative"

    I don't think that anyone could have turned around what was such a bad experience into a tool for good. This book goes into a lot of what Gamergate is and what it represents of the internet, but it also shows how the book could be such a force for good too. And for anyone worried about their own privacy online, this book shows you the best ways to protect yourself while not resorting to "just go offline" advice.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Thank you, Zoe Quinn!"

    Your story is like a healing balm in the jagged wound of my own life. Although my values position me on the opposite margin of the bell curve, I share your assessment that self-control is the most effective response to a mob action. Your candor and resilience help to dispel the pain crated by hateful, hard-hearted trolls and pretend 'friends'. Your thoughtfulness and compassion make my own virtual stoning bearable. Your book is a blessing in this storm. My deepest appreciation for all that you do.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    dccern 09-09-17
    dccern 09-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Informative, down to earth, and inspiring"

    First off, this was one of the best print-to-audio translations I've listened to. Some books lose important details or have really confusing spots when recorded, but Ms. Quinn does an amazing job narrating the images, chapter structures, and other bits that are usually more clear in print.

    The book is true to Quinn's "feelings and farts" persona exemplified in her games; her voice clearly conveys the humor, the frustration, and the compassion felt as she shares her experiences and lessons. She also takes care to elevate other voices along with her own, ensuring other perspectives are given their due; additional resources -- and encouragement -- are provided to readers who wish to explore further.

    I walked away from this book with concrete actions I can take to help reduce online abuse, breadcrumbs to find more books and people to learn from, and inspiration to live more authentically.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    kuaikuai 10-11-17
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    "TLDR: Get the book"

    If you want to see what we now call Gamergate from Zoe Quinn’s point of view: get the book

    If you wonder who Zoe Quinn was, who she became, & who she intends to be: get the book

    If you’ve ever joined a crowd shaming someone, however deserving, on or off the internet: get the book

    If you (or someone you care about) has ever been shamed, on or off the internet, are being shamed, or fear that someday will be shamed: get the book

    If you think female game developers are cool: get the book. If you think female game developers are ruining games for everyone, well, first, poor you, but all the same, get the book.

    Also, Zoe Quinn did a great job of narration as well as writing.

    p.s. don’t forget to download the accompanying pdf from Your Library section on audible. (And hey audible: why isn’t this part of the mobile app? )


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    Chantelle 10-10-17
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    "Excellent book - listen to this"

    This is an expert blend of memoir, commentary, and advice. I enjoyed it in all three respects and it’s hard to pull off all three areas. The writing and narration are brilliant. Really really looking forward to the chuck tingle game when it comes out!

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    PlayBoyMan 10-02-17
    PlayBoyMan 10-02-17
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    "A waste of time...And I'm being kind about that."

    I listened to this story twice, to make sure I didn't miss anything and went in with an open mind. And the second time I listened to this story (I got the audiobook) I was able to confirm that this is, in fact, a rehash of a series of events being told from a half-assed perspective of the narrator. For those wondering, Gamergate is about Ethics in Game Journalism, something that was uncovered after a lengthy blog post was posted about Quinn.

    Quinn mainly had no real part in this, other than talking to her fellow friends who were game journalists who lacked this Journalistic integrity that is to this day so needed in the gaming industry. The threats and abuse Quinn dealt with could've easily been prevented by not talking out of her butt about the whole thing, taking a breakup better and being more careful to whom she talks to about her personal life.

    I can't recommend this book, as its just a shameless, rehashed, re-telling of a story that really isn't relevant to the actual issues of online harassment that we all face (myself included), and comes off as a means to stay in the spotlight and make money.

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    Khailcon 10-02-17
    Khailcon 10-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredibly human"

    A human account of fallibility, accountability, and healing. It details the real and tangible abuse of people and systems by humans who often act with good intentions. Quinn takes the hard approach of looking past the real fallible people and pointing fingers at the systems and the rotten few who enable the kinds of internet harassment that Quinn and so many others have had to endure. She takes the time to give voice to marginalized groups as well. Finally, she lays the groundwork for a real and effective human-centric response to a problem that can seem insurmountable. Very cool.

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    Crystal Bennett 09-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Compelling Story, Valuable Advice"

    I want to preface this with a content warning. This book describes an abusive relationship and contains a lot of abusive language, so consider that before you read/listen to it.

    This book contains a firsthand account of the woman who was at the center of the harassment campaign known as Gamergate. The story is entertaining, well written, and well delivered. It balances the dark subject matter with lots of jokes, clever puns, and silly Internet memes.

    This book also contains a ton of useful advice for how to combat online abuse. It has a guide for how to protect yourself in case you become a target of abuse. It has advice on how to help people who have become targets of abuse. It has advice on how you can push back against the online culture that enables this kind of abuse.

    These advice sections are kind of dry, but they're important because, as the author explains in the book, this problem isn't going to be solved by governments creating more laws or tech Companies changing their policy. It is up to you and me, average citizens of the Internet, to change the culture of the Internet. To make it a place where abuse is not tolerated (and more importantly is not profitable) and to make it a place where targets of online abuse receive the support that they need.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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