[Review] Crash Override by Zoë Quinn

written by Dayna Abel

This is going to be a biased review.

I’m stating this right at the start because, two years ago, I needed Crash Override, the nonprofit from which this book takes its name. (Technically it’s from the movie Hackers, about which the less said the better.) While it wasn’t anywhere near on the scale of what happened to Zoë Quinn – it was about two months of harassment, threats and slander from one internet edgelord with a medium-sized following – it was enough to unnerve me to the point where I turned to Crash Override for help.

I ended up chatting with Zoë for about twenty minutes about the abuse, listening to their advice on damage control, and maybe another ten minutes fangirling over the latest World Of Warcraft expansion with them. Zoë Quinn and Crash Override helped me through an extremely shitty time in my life, stopped it from getting shittier, and provided invaluable resources which I would, in turn, use to help out a friend later on down the line whose sister had been targeted and doxxed by an internet hate mob. I am extremely grateful to Zoë for their kindness and their sincere help.

I’m stating my bias at the start because one of those people who have a hate-boner for Zoë will more than likely come across this on page thirty-seven of Google search results for their name and act like a predictable dick. To which I state: I do not pay myself for any content I produce for Made of Fail and also I’m not a real journalist so piss off with your “ethics” horseshit.

Gosh, the internet is fun. Let’s talk about the book.
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