Zoe Quinn / Crash Override

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 7:30pm

Booksmith is excited to welcome game designer and author Zoe Quinn to the store for her part-memoir, part-manifesto Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate. Join us!


You’ve heard about the dark side of the internet—hackers, anonymous mobs attacking an unlucky victim, and revenge porn—but that kind of thing would never happen to you, right?


Zoë Quinn used to feel the same way. She is a video game developer whose ex-boyfriend unleashed a rambling blog post strategically built out of half-truths, lies, and private information and used it to incite a mob hell-bent on ruining her life. They hacked her accounts; stole nude photos; harassed her family, friends, and colleagues; and stalked and threatened to rape and murder her. The mob organized into a so-called movement—#GamerGate. What had started out in a dark corner of the internet grew into an all-out culture war that helped shape the alt-right and has become increasingly mainstream.


From trolling, to cyberbullying, to fake news, and threats, online abuse can and does happen to anyone. It’s designed to get someone to hide out of fear and it can be devastating.


Instead of disappearing, Zoë fought back. She started Crash Override Network, a crisis hotline and advocacy group and after years of working with the biggest names in tech, law, media, and online security, as well as thousands of targets of online abuse, she’s now armed with a wealth of knowledge. Crash Override is part fierce, funny memoir, part bold manifesto, and part field guide for combating online harassment and making the internet a safer place for everyone.



“I tore through this book. Zoë 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



Zoë 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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Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610398084
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Published: PublicAffairs - September 5th, 2017