• Crash Override

  • How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate
  • By: Zoe Quinn
  • Narrated by: Zoe Quinn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-05-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.7 (149 ratings)

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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
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Critic Reviews

"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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By Anonymous User on 11-11-17

Thanks for sharing

The internet described is the internet I know from growing up online in the 90s. It feels so healing to have one book (more would be better) with someone being honest and informed . Thanks Zoe please keep making games and being hyouman

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By Arthur Gibree on 09-18-17

Great and Honest Summary of Online Harrassment

It's a pretty accurate breakdown of what can and does happen with online harassment. It's a honest explanation of the events from her perspective and Zoe manages to help make the sheer horribleness of what happens a little lighter with her use of humor and reinforcement that there is hope (provided people take action.)

One of the things that struck me is how great of an explanation it is to what it means to "live on the internet" told in a way that only someone like Zoe could explain it.

It's a pretty decent guide on how to help someone going through a hard time (public or private.)

If you are or ever were a "Gamergater" I especially recommend giving it a listen. Challenge your viewpoint a little; it's her words and her voice. You might realize that, like many of the faceless people harassed online, she's human like the rest of us.

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