It was a bright sunny morning. Danny woke up at seven O’clock, just in time to freshen up, have his breakfast, get dressed and go to his school. Instead of doing these things, he chose to stay down at his bed wondering about the dream he had the previous night. He dreamt about defeating Dick Dastardly and his partner in crime, Muttley in a dog fight. It was a comical dream because at the end of it he saw Dick Dastardly turn into Snidely Whiplash and he turned into Dudley Do-Right himself and rescued the damsel in distress.
Danny got up from his bed and started having his breakfast without even brushing his teeth. His parents left early at the crack of dawn for their work as usual. Work, that is what they do, think about and live for. They leave early and come back after the sun drowns in the western hemisphere. “It’s not easy running your own business”, they say when Danny asks them why they can’t go to any of his events at school.
Danny subsequently went to the living room and turned the TV on. That is what he does during most of his daytime, watch TV. He is a smart kid but too smart for his own good. Once he got caught trying to skip his school and stay at home to watch TV but he got off easy as he’s barely eight years old. He missed the telecast of Tom and Jerry the previous day, that’s why he decided to stay at home and catch the re-telecast of the show. After he was done watching the show, he felt kind of lonely. Maybe he needs someone, the Scooby to his Shaggy. He finds his world in TV and is glad being like that.
That day his Uncle Charlie came to visit him in the afternoon. Uncle Charlie could see how engrossed Danny was in watching TV. He decided to fool around with Danny. He called Danny and said, “Do you know why TV exists, Danny?” “So that we can get amusement”, replies Danny while smirking. “No”, says Uncle Charlie. “We, adults have made TV so that we can control you kids. It’s a part of our propaganda; so that you guys listen to us and not think too much,” continued Uncle Charlie in a grave voice and looking dreadfully solemn. Danny didn’t know what propaganda meant but it sounded appalling to him nonetheless. So he started scratching his head when suddenly Uncle Charlie started to talk again. “Do you see your parents watch too much TV, Charlie?” said Uncle Charlie in a relaxed voice. “No, not really”, replied Danny in a concerned voice.
Uncle Charlie knew that his work there was done, so he left in a rush while Danny just stood there thinking about what his uncle just told him. He decided to write a letter to the TV network he loved the most. He wrote about the things his uncle told him and if they were really true or not. The guys from the TV network got his letter and they started to get worried after reading it. It was exactly what they were doing all along, making kids watch commercials and involve them in consumerism.
They wrote to Danny back saying all of the accusations were false and the TV network is run by kids of his age who’re just trying their best to show what kids like him want to see, there is no harm in that. Whoever told him these awful things was just probably messing around with him. The adults are trying to incept the idea that TV is bad for the kids in to their mind. The TV network even telecast shows telling the kids that their parents are lying to them about these things.
When the parents got to know about this, they naturally got really angry at the TV network and tried to shut it down. While the two sides are busy throwing dirt at each other, the protagonist of this story is back to where he initially was; living his life in TV and thinking about tying Snidely Whiplash to the rail tracks for a change.