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16th Oct '15 3:05:36 PM nombretomado
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* Seen literally in ''[[PiersAnthony Macroscope]]'', where the great information network [[spoiler:kills anyone advanced enough to read it and primitive enough to still have violent tendencies, as a way of keeping the [=AOLers=] out of Usenet, as it were.]]
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* Seen literally in ''[[PiersAnthony ''[[Creator/PiersAnthony Macroscope]]'', where the great information network [[spoiler:kills anyone advanced enough to read it and primitive enough to still have violent tendencies, as a way of keeping the [=AOLers=] out of Usenet, as it were.]]
7th Aug '15 3:33:05 PM bobg
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* Played dead straight in ''VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime''. Not only is Bentley able to access the internet on his computer no matter how far back in time the gang goes, but much like Dr. Who, the Grizz, who has traveled back to 10000 B.C, is able to talk to le Paradox back in the present using a cell phone. Likewise, Dimitri, back in the present, is able to contact the gang no matter how far back they go.
4th Aug '15 5:23:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* The premise of the historical tv skit series ''HistoryBites'' is "What if Television had been around for the past 5000 years?", and gleefully mixed historical information with modern pop culture, such as Martha Stewart's advice on how to use pot-pourri to mask the smell of plague victims.
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* The premise of the historical tv skit series ''HistoryBites'' ''Series/HistoryBites'' is "What if Television had been around for the past 5000 years?", and gleefully mixed historical information with modern pop culture, such as Martha Stewart's advice on how to use pot-pourri to mask the smell of plague victims.
30th Jul '15 5:03:55 PM thatother1dude
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This trope isn't a character trait at all.
* One of the CommonMarySueTraits.
30th Jul '15 11:11:57 AM Korodzik
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Contrast SuddenLackOfSignal.
23rd Jul '15 6:08:26 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''MegaManNTWarrior'' manga, Lan and Megaman.EXE discover an ancient ruin on the [[{{Cyberspace}} internet]] that belongs to a civilization that existed upwards of thirty thousand years prior to the story, maintained by a being called Pharaohman; keep in mind that it takes place somewhere in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 20XX]].
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* In the ''MegaManNTWarrior'' ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'' manga, Lan and Megaman.EXE discover an ancient ruin on the [[{{Cyberspace}} internet]] that belongs to a civilization that existed upwards of thirty thousand years prior to the story, maintained by a being called Pharaohman; keep in mind that it takes place somewhere in [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 20XX]].
2nd Jun '15 10:09:43 AM BillWoods
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* Somewhat averted in the ''Literature/{{Axis of Time}}'' series by John Birmingham. Computers on the task force of warships from TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture that arrives in 1942 is limited to whatever websites were stored in their local cache memories. Which, however, is pretty much anything the plot demands.
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* Somewhat averted in the ''Literature/{{Axis of Time}}'' series by John Birmingham. Computers on the task force of warships from TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture that arrives in 1942 is are limited to whatever websites were stored in their local cache memories. Which, however, is pretty much anything the plot demands.

* Inverted in the Creator/HarlanEllison story "Jeffty is Five." The titular character has PsychicPowers that the viewpoint character at first thinks allows him to modify radios and television to pick up shows from the 30s and 40s. Then he notices that they are ''new episodes'' of those shows, that is, they are episodes that theoretically would have been produced had the shows survived to the present day. Jeffty also gets new issues of defunct magazines and comics in the mail with new stories written by long-dead authors.
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* Inverted in the Creator/HarlanEllison story "Jeffty is Five." The titular title character has PsychicPowers that the viewpoint character at first thinks allows him to modify radios and television to pick up shows from the 30s '30s and 40s.'40s. Then he notices that they are ''new episodes'' of those shows, that is, they are episodes that theoretically would have been produced had the shows survived to the present day. Jeffty also gets new issues of defunct magazines and comics in the mail with new stories written by long-dead authors.

* In TheCompanyNovels, the titular Company maintains operatives at most periods of human history and allows them considerable leeway and cheap comforts (albeit because their nominal administrators lack the subjective time or understanding to know most of what the operatives are doing). As a result, communication technologies such as radio and broadcast TV tend to be widely used throughout human history right up to the point where they get invented and regular people could start noticing them, and the broadcasters have eclectic tastes. No Internet (no need), but any outside time-travelers who brought a radio or TV along would likely be picking up modern programs for any definition of "modern".
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* In TheCompanyNovels, Literature/TheCompanyNovels, the titular eponymous Company maintains operatives at most periods of human history and allows them considerable leeway and cheap comforts (albeit because their nominal administrators lack the subjective time or understanding to know most of what the operatives are doing). As a result, communication technologies such as radio and broadcast TV tend to be widely used throughout human history right up to the point where they get invented and regular people could start noticing them, and the broadcasters have eclectic tastes. No Internet (no need), but any outside time-travelers who brought a radio or TV along would likely be picking up modern programs for any definition of "modern".

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* In Creator/JamesBlish's novella "Beep", every message sent by SubspaceAnsible is preceded by the eponymous annoying noise. The space patrol figured out that the beep comprises every message that has ever been -- and ever ''will'' be -- sent, in a very compressed form. Which accounts for that service's remarkable record of effectiveness.
3rd Apr '15 12:54:26 PM Zanreo
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* Lampshaded in ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' when America takes out his laptop to check Google Maps... in 1942.
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* Lampshaded in ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' when America takes out his laptop to check Google Maps... in 1942. 1942. -->'''England''' "We can't Google stuff in 1942, you asshat!"
3rd Apr '15 12:49:59 PM Zanreo
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* Lampshaded in ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' when America takes out his laptop to check Google Maps... in 1942.
17th Mar '15 8:26:54 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in ''{{Journeyman}}'', where the main character's cell phone refuses to work in the past. Instead, be finds his old phone from TheEighties. * Done deliberately on ''{{Fringe}}'' with the mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_stations number stations]]. It is mentioned that when Marconi first activated his radio they were already transmitting.
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* Averted in ''{{Journeyman}}'', ''{{Series/Journeyman}}'', where the main character's cell phone refuses to work in the past. Instead, be finds his old phone from TheEighties. * Done deliberately on ''{{Fringe}}'' ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' with the mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_stations number stations]]. It is mentioned that when Marconi first activated his radio they were already transmitting.
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