Reality is under assault. How can we be sure of anything anymore in an age of disinformation, strong, conflicting opinions, and computer algorithms that feed us what will keep us engaged but not enlightened?
Skunked is a ground-breaking novel that looks at how an information war can attack and almost destroy a decent, popular toy company. Beartopia is a St. Louis area teddy bear maker that meets an existential challenge with ransomware attacks, corporate sabotage, and a flurry of fake news and gaslighting. They must uncover the truth or get swallowed up by bigger companies.
The hero of the story, Edward (don't call him Teddy) Bayer, has to fight back and save his company, coming up with one of the most ingenious toy designs since Tickle-Me-Elmo. In the process he develops new friends and discovers new enemies. He also grows up fast after the sudden death of his father who had founded the company, learning the ropes as he goes with the help of his Chinese mentor and partner, Mr. Xiang.
Philosophy, aka the study of the nature of existence, asks a basic question- "what can we know?" What's fact and what's opinion? Skunked tells the story of a journey that we all are on- trying to sift through the fire-hose of news and content that assaults us every day while making sense of it. Edward and his crew will take you through the looking glass and show you how he came out stronger than ever.
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