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2nd Feb '18 9:20:10 PM mistermoonbean
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* In the final act of ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler:Jyn Erso and her companions travel to an Imperial base on the planet Scarif in order to steal the Death Star schematics and relay them to the Rebel fleet above. All of her companions except Cassian die in the ensuing battle, but during the conflict Jyn reaches a computer on the top of the Citadel Tower and transmits the schematics to the Rebel flagship. Once receiving the plans, the Rebels copy the data and rush to get as far away from the planet as possible, with the Empire in close pursuit. Jyn and Cassian are eventually killed by the Death Star's turbolaser firing on its own base as a failed last resort.]]

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* In the final act of ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler:Jyn Erso and her companions travel to an Imperial base on the planet Scarif in order to steal the Death Star schematics and relay them to the Rebel fleet above. All of her companions except Cassian die in the ensuing battle, but during the conflict Jyn reaches a computer on the top of the Citadel Tower and transmits the schematics to the Rebel flagship. Once receiving the plans, blueprints, the Rebels copy the data and rush to get as far away from the planet as possible, with the Empire in close pursuit. Jyn and Cassian are eventually killed by the Death Star's turbolaser firing on its own base as a failed last resort.]]
27th Jan '18 2:39:18 PM mistermoonbean
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* In the final act of ''Film/RogueOne'', [[spoiler:Jyn Erso and her companions travel to an Imperial base on the planet Scarif in order to steal the Death Star schematics and relay them to the Rebel fleet above. All of her companions except Cassian die in the ensuing battle, but during the conflict Jyn reaches a computer on the top of the Citadel Tower and transmits the schematics to the Rebel flagship. Once receiving the plans, the Rebels copy the data and rush to get as far away from the planet as possible, with the Empire in close pursuit. Jyn and Cassian are eventually killed by the Death Star's turbolaser firing on its own base as a failed last resort.]]
16th Jan '18 12:32:08 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Occasionally this is the posthumous revenge of a DeadManWriting. This can be used to subvert a ShootTheShaggyDog ending -- the protagonists achieved nothing and [[HeroicSacrifice died in the attempt]], but it's subsequently revealed that they managed to get the word out, and it might all be worth it in the end. Can also be played [[AmbiguousEnding ambiguously]], with the audience unsure of whether the information gets delivered or not (or whether or not it [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade has any effect]] if it does).

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Occasionally this is the posthumous revenge of a DeadManWriting. This can be used to subvert a ShootTheShaggyDog ending -- the protagonists MainCharacters achieved nothing and [[HeroicSacrifice died in the attempt]], but it's subsequently revealed that they managed to get the word out, and it might all be worth it in the end. Can It can also be played [[AmbiguousEnding ambiguously]], with the audience unsure of whether the information gets delivered or not (or whether or not it [[ExtraStrengthMasquerade has any effect]] if it does).
5th Jan '18 2:26:06 AM eroock
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* In ''Film/TheBigHeat'', Mrs. Duncan's arranged to have her husband's suicide note sent to the press in the event of her death. When she does get killed, the published document brings down BigBad Lagana and his empire.
30th Dec '17 11:38:03 AM StFan
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* Manga/{{Akumetsu}} uses this ''continuously.'' [[spoiler:And, when the government decides to stop him from broadcasting his final "movie" on hijacked TV signals, he puts it all over the internet.]]

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* Manga/{{Akumetsu}} ''Manga/{{Akumetsu}}'' uses this ''continuously.'' [[spoiler:And, when the government decides to stop him from broadcasting his final "movie" on hijacked TV signals, he puts it all over the internet.]]



* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', the [[spoiler:remaining]] Module 77 kids use it to expose the Magius to the world by [[spoiler:showing the Dorssian Fuhrer's immortality.]]
** DoubleSubverted. [[spoiler:Cain destroys the terminal, but ARUS President Anderson exposes them anyway. A global upheaval and hunt for the Magius erupts as a result.]]

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* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', the [[spoiler:remaining]] Module 77 kids use it to expose the Magius to the world by [[spoiler:showing the Dorssian Fuhrer's immortality.]]
** DoubleSubverted.
]] DoubleSubverted: [[spoiler:Cain destroys the terminal, but ARUS President Anderson exposes them anyway. A global upheaval and hunt for the Magius erupts as a result.]]



* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' involves Strange's efforts to recover a magical potion which was stolen from him by a pharmaceuticals company intent upon WithholdingTheCure. The CEO winds up dead in a way which looks like suicide by the end of it, and it looks like no one will know what they've done, but one of Strange's allies finds his "[[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade we have to kill 'em all]]" memo to the board of directors and proceed to fax it far and wide.

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* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange: ''ComicBook/DoctorStrange: The Oath'' involves Strange's efforts to recover a magical potion which was stolen from him by a pharmaceuticals company intent upon WithholdingTheCure. The CEO winds up dead in a way which looks like suicide by the end of it, and it looks like no one will know what they've done, but one of Strange's allies finds his "[[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade we have to kill 'em all]]" memo to the board of directors and proceed to fax it far and wide.



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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the TropeNamer -- the heroes use the late [[KnowledgeBroker Mr Universe's]] equipment to broadcast the truth about Miranda and "Pax" to the four corners of the 'verse.
-->'''Mr. Universe''': ''Mal. Guy killed me, Mal. He killed me with a sword. How weird is that? I got a short span here. They destroyed my equipment, but I have a backup unit. Bottom of the complex. Right over the generator. Hard to get to. I know they missed it. They [[TropeNamer can't stop the signal]], Mal. They can never stop the signal.''

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* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', the TropeNamer -- the heroes use the late [[KnowledgeBroker Mr Mr. Universe's]] equipment to broadcast the truth about Miranda and "Pax" to the four corners of the 'verse.
-->'''Mr. Universe''': ''Mal.Universe:''' Mal. Guy killed me, Mal. He killed me with a sword. How weird is that? I got a short span here. They destroyed my equipment, but I have a backup unit. Bottom of the complex. Right over the generator. Hard to get to. I know they missed it. They [[TropeNamer can't stop the signal]], Mal. They can never stop the signal.''



* TheMovie of ''HarrisonBergeron''.



* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': [[spoiler:All of SHIELD's information is unencrypted and leaked online, thus stealing all advantage HYDRA might gain.]] Apparently, it started trending.

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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': [[spoiler:All of SHIELD's S.H.I.E.L.D.'s information is unencrypted and leaked online, thus stealing all advantage HYDRA might gain.]] Apparently, it started trending.



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-->'''Kevyn''': I just spammed something like two thirds of galactic society.
* ''SamAndFuzzy'' has Sam do this to expose vampires to the world as the first step of his plan to strip The Comittee of their power by exposing the various supernatural species living in The Underground. Normally, the Committees enforcers, the Erasers, checks all forms of media and censor or filter out security breaks, but there is a treshold beyond which even they cant cover up the truth. In the vampires case, Sam managed to reveal their existance to dozens of national news crews at once, making it impossible to shut down all of them, as the level of blackout required would just prove that someone is trying to cover things up.

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-->'''Kevyn''': -->'''Kevyn:''' I just spammed something like two thirds of galactic society.
* ''SamAndFuzzy'' ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' has Sam do this to expose vampires to the world as the first step of his plan to strip The Comittee of their power by exposing the various supernatural species living in The Underground. Normally, the Committees enforcers, the Erasers, checks all forms of media and censor or filter out security breaks, but there is a treshold beyond which even they cant cover up the truth. In the vampires case, Sam managed to reveal their existance to dozens of national news crews at once, making it impossible to shut down all of them, as the level of blackout required would just prove that someone is trying to cover things up.



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27th Nov '17 5:48:54 PM SilentStranger
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* ''SamAndFuzzy'' has Sam do this to expose vampires to the world as the first step of his plan to strip The Comittee of their power by exposing the various supernatural species living in The Underground. Normally, the Committees enforcers, the Erasers, checks all forms of media and censor or filter out security breaks, but there is a treshold beyond which even they cant cover up the truth. In the vampires case, Sam managed to reveal their existance to dozens of national news crews at once, making it impossible to shut down all of them, as the level of blackout required would just prove that someone is trying to cover things up.
12th Nov '17 3:02:19 PM Fallingwater
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* In the first book of the [[Literature/TheNexusSeries Nexus trilogy]] the protagonist Kade and his friends have invented Nexus 5 - a way to cheaply and efficienty boost one's mind and body by injecting nanomachines and running software on them. This has the potential of having ''enormous'' consequences for the whole of humanity - in both good and bad ways. Concerned that humanity might choose the bad over the good if given Nexus and left to its own devices, and suddenly finding themselves on the run from a number of conservative government entities who want to shut down the "outbreak" before it starts, the protagonists spend most of the first book closely guarding the source code to their creation. At the end [[spoiler:Kade finally realises humanity deserves to choose its own path, and releases the source code on the Internet. The NSA ''almost'' looks like it's about to end it... but there's always ''someone'' who's continuing the chain, resulting in the code ultimately spreading far and wide and changing the balance of power forever.]]
3rd Nov '17 5:46:47 PM lalalei2001
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Past The Dead Past]]". A man discovers the secret of chronoscopy (a machine that can view the past), which has been placed under government control. He releases the information to several publicity outlets so it will become public, then learns ''why'' the government suppressed it: it can be used as an unstoppable spying device ([[ExactWords "the past" includes "one second ago"]]), which means privacy as we know it is ended.
** Of course, the reason he had so much trouble is because the ''government'' had been using it as an unstoppable spying device - releasing the information simply turned the tables on them.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Past The Dead Past]]". A man discovers the secret of chronoscopy (a machine that can view the past), which has been placed under government control. He releases the information to several publicity outlets so it will become public, then learns ''why'' the government suppressed it: it it. It can be used as an unstoppable spying device ([[ExactWords "the past" includes "one second ago"]]), look at any place at any sufficiently recent time... which means privacy as we know it there is ended.
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no privacy, since there are no limitations on how ''close'' to the reason he had so much trouble is because present it can look. The government knew about this before (it was their motivation for their draconian rules, the ''government'' had been using intent being to keep it as an unstoppable spying device - releasing out of most hands and [per their representative's statements] unused, but once the information simply turned protagonists invent a cheap and simple way to duplicate the tables on them.technology and spread it widely, everyone can look at anyone at any time. The government even admits that their own agents have used it for indiscreet purposes.
11th Oct '17 4:32:28 AM JackG
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* Attempted in ''Good Guys Wear Black'' (1978), only for the BigBad to reveal that the only witness who can verify the story has just been admitted to a mental hospital. Creator/ChuckNorris then decides to settle the matter [[VigilanteExecution via more direct means]].
8th Oct '17 4:11:33 AM eroock
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Compare and contrast the villainous counterpart, DoNotAdjustYourSet. See also InformationWantsToBeFree, YouCannotKillAnIdea and IrrevocableOrder.

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Compare and contrast the villainous counterpart, DoNotAdjustYourSet. See also InformationWantsToBeFree, YouCannotKillAnIdea and IrrevocableOrder.
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