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Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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"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, co-founder of Project Include
"At every turn, Zoe Quinn was utterly failed by the law enforcement agencies she counted on to protect her, and the social media companies that enabled her attackers. But she never gave up, refused to be a victim, and has used her experience to help countless victims of online stalking and harassment protect themselves. And she does it all with disarming humor and bracing honesty."―Wil Wheaton, actor, producer, author
"Zoe Quinn captures the irrational contours of the #gamergate experience in vivid detail and offers a compelling personal history of the woman with a bullseye on her back."―Anita Sarkeesian, founder of Feminist Frequency
"As the first target of the so-called #gamergate movement, and someone who fought it and won, Zoe Quinn is uniquely qualified to write this story. Think of this as Jon Ronson's So You've Been Publicly Shamed written from inside the eye of the storm."―Graham Linehan, writer and director of The IT Crowd
"Part memoir, part social movement manifesto, this engrossing journey by game designer Quinn takes readers into the darkest realms of social media and the Internet.... An important purchase that will interest social media users and enlighten them about the extent of online hate in some social platforms and the limits on personal and social protections available in society today."―Library Journal
"Quinn uses her personal experiences to advocate practical steps toward creating a safe and open internet culture.... For Quinn, winning the 'cultural battle for the web' starts with reframing the issue as not a matter of good vs. bad people fueling hate culture on the internet, but rather 'acceptable and unacceptable ways to treat each other.' It's a remarkably clear-eyed view that's all the more powerful in light of Quinn's backstory."―Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"The overwhelming message of Crash Override resonates across industries and experiences: When someone disagrees with you on the internet, you shouldn't have to go into hiding."―Latoya Peterson, NPR.org
"Crash Override combines a brisk pace, candid stories, and embedded insight. Quinn's first book has its uneven moments, but it's important stuff for anybody interested in how online discourse has shifted over the past two decades."―Ars Technica
About the Author
Zoe Quinn is one of the most critically acclaimed, widely recognized indie developers in the gaming industry, and a leading voice in the fight against online abuse. She has testified about online abuse at the United Nations, and the issue continues to make headlines, from features in tech publications to national op-eds about political discourse online. Quinn's most famous game, Depression Quest, has been played by over 2 million people. Prior to the #Gamergate explosion, Quinn's work was praised in such outlets as Forbes, Wired, The Wall Street Journal, Kotaku, Paste, and GiantBomb. Since August 2014, even more mainstream media have taken note, including MSNBC, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vice, Playboy, BusinessWeek, and BoingBoing, and the UK's BBC, Guardian, and Telegraph. Fast Company recently named her the seventeenth Most Creative Person in Business for her work with Crash Override, and she appeared on Forbes' 30 under 30 list.
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We can learn from her troubles at the hands of these trolls.
She has even provided tools and support to help others. Self help tools. These need to be supported.
In this book all Zoe did was break up with her boyfriend and she had years of the most unbelievable harrassment happen to her because she had an immature boyfriend who didn't like losing. She was stalked so badly and was constantly running, I'm appalled at what the judge said to her, what a jackass. This poor woman couldn't go anywhere due to being stalked, he was always one step ahead of her. Which is pretty damn scary, and it wasn't just her, people she knew friends, family, people she just met, they were also targets. She couldn't live anyway or have anyone. It must have been very lonely, This is a very strong woman, I would of offed myself, I don't know how she did it. You go Zoe. The law is very complicated, this is a criminal and civil law problem. Well I'm going to end this with what I learned from this sad but informative book:
1. Employers google employees, be careful what you put on social media. It's a shame our job has that control of our down off the clock time. Social Media can also be used against you in court. Past behavior can hurt your future. Be careful.
2. Most websites don't have abuse numbers to call, etc and be wary of terms of service cause they can sell your information.
3. The law doesn't seem to be any good in these circumstances but still document, specially date and time. Don't share personal information on social media.
4. Have good strong passwords.
5. Don't ever let someone take nudes of you.
6. Face Book was meant in the beginning for you to use your real name. Look how that turned out.
7. That it only takes a few clicks and sometimes a few dollars to ruin someone's life, for instance:
A. someone to call the police and say you want to kill yourself, automatic weeks in a hospital.
B. someone saying you are doing tax fraud.
C. Someone setting you up for a house invasion. Whether a stranger or the police. People get shot and killed by police this way.
8. Be careful who you tag in photos, you don't know if they are being stalked and you just led their stalker right to them.
9. Lastly we are know people can be cruel. A lot of them wake up everyday and think, hmmm who can I scam today.
In the end I love what Zoe did with her computer skills. Great Job Zoe.
I highly recommend this book to everyone.
It's a little disheartening to see that sometimes the world can work in this way. As such, Quinn provides a few chapters full of genuinely helpful advice on how to secure one's own identity and how to respond when waves of harassment come at you, which are both useful to look up when in these awful situations.
However, the titular organization Crash Override now seems to be defunct, and while it is mentioned in the final few chapters Quinn admits that spearheading an anti-harassment organization was never what she wanted to do. This leaves the final part of the book strangely aimless, as Quinn continuing her game design career takes a bit of bite out of the subtitle "How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate".
As a document preserving the movement in amber, this book is an excellent read, but as a guide to preventing widespread harassment it doesn't quite work. Still, an engrossing and enjoyable read, peppered with just enough humor to keep the crushing bleakness of her situation at bay.