-> ''"So I called that guy I know at NBC. And then I got to thinking -- You know what I hate? I hate those lame action movies where the good guy calls just one person who ends up betraying him. So I called ABC, CBS, The Post, The Times, the local news channel, and the FBI."''
-->-- '''Smith''', ''Film/ShootEmUp''

A character [[BrokenMasquerade breaks]] TheMasquerade by sending the details they have uncovered to the press -- often to multiple publications at once. Usually happens at the end of a work.

Occasionally this is the posthumous revenge of a DeadManWriting. This can be used to subvert a ShootTheShaggyDog ending -- the 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. 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).

Naturally, this is the ''modus operandi'' of the IntrepidReporter, especially when they're GoingForTheBigScoop. If the messenger is relying on other people making a LastStand to give him a chance, it's BringNewsBack.

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

'''This is both an EndingTrope and frequently a DeathTrope; spoilers follow.'''


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One episode of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has the duo attempting to recover every copy of an old porn tape Panty made that's ruining her upcoming movie career. They eventually succeed and Stocking is given the last copy, with Panty figuring she can't do any harm with it. However, when Stocking learns Panty had all her scenes from the film cut, she puts the video on the 'net as revenge.
* Episode 22 of ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' has Chevalier, who hijacked the ''[[CoolStarship Deucalion]]'' in the previous episode, broadcast all the illicit background dealings and incriminating evidence of corruption by the [[BlueBlood Nouvlesse]] to every single news channel in the galaxy as well as the ship's true purpose: to disable the [[PortalNetwork warp gates]] with a [[EverythingIsOnline quantum virus]] then warp out of the galaxy, leaving the commoners to their fate of dying off as trade and planetary economies collapse while planets under {{terraform}}ing will [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill revert back to inhospitable, killing their entire population]] who can't relocate since the warp gates are kaput. Needless to say, the commoners [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating didn't take it well]].
* ''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.]]
* The World Government of ''Manga/OnePiece'' puts the planned execution of [[spoiler:Portgas D. Ace]] on [[OceanPunk the equivalent of television]] and keeps it going even as the event is attacked by the Whitebeard Pirates. Sengoku, the leader of the Marines, orders the signal to be cut so people won't find out [[spoiler:they made a deal with some of the pirates to kill Whitebeard for him.]] Then it turns out Buggy grabbed one of the cameras for the sake of showing off to bolster his reputation, and he keeps it rolling throughout the battle, most importantly [[spoiler:Whitebeard shouting out that One Piece exists.]]
* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Athena retired from being a superheroine 20 years ago, due to constantly being subjected to sexual harassment and [[spoiler: because [[RapeAsBackstory she was raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, used her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Experts"[[/note]] to cover up those events and silenced any witnesses. But things are different in her daughter's day and age, thanks to the prevalence of the internet and social media. Athena fears what could happen to Clara's reputation as a heroine if she were to suffer the same humiliation she endured, especially if anyone were to broadcast it. So she comes out of retirement to keep it from happening.
* 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.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A subversion in Creator/MilestoneComics' ''Comicbook/{{Hardware}}''. This is the first thing the protagonist tries, anonymously sending the media all the evidence he's gathered on Alva's wrongdoing. And the media pointedly ignores it.
* The ComicBook/SpiderMan ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' issue [[http://www.4thletter.net/2006/11/the-top-100-what-if-countdown-part-19/ "What If Gwen Stacy Had Lived?"]] (v1 #24) concludes with a reversal of this trope, in that it's the ''villain'' who sends information to the press rather than the hero. The Green Goblin posts evidence of Spider-Man's SecretIdentity to the hero's "second-greatest enemy": [[DaEditor J. Jonah Jameson]].
* The original ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' plays this slightly differently to the film (see below) -- Rorschach puts his diary in a mailbox before the {{denouement}}, and we only discover its destination at the very end. Whether the world finds out (let alone whether they ''should'') is [[AmbiguousEnding left ambiguous]], and the reader is asked to decide.
* ''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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''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.
* The second half of ''Film/BlueThunder'' involves getting a video tape to a TV broadcasting station, despite various attempts by the conspirators to intercept it.
* The entire plot of ''Film/TheBookOfEli'' is his attempt to deliver the [[spoiler:Bible]] to someone capable of disseminating it.
* ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' ends with this, exposing the program. A SubvertedTrope according to ''Film/TheBourneLegacy'', as the attempt was in fact stopped. In that film, the government is killing off everyone connected to the program. ProfessionalKiller Aaron tells scientist Marta that if she doesn't want to go into hiding, her only chance for survival is to go public.
-->'''Aaron:''' But you better ask yourself this: Could you ever say it loud enough, fast enough, that they'd leave you alone?
* The story of Sonmi-451 from ''Film/CloudAtlas''.
* ''Film/GreenZone'' -- Paul Greengrass likes this one.
* In ''Film/ChainReaction'', the good guy releases to the world the details of the machine allowing production of functionally unlimited energy by [[TechMarchesOn faxing it]] to news offices everywhere.
* In ''Film/TheConstantGardener'', when Justin sends a letter to his friend containing details of [[CorruptCorporateExecutive a pharmacy company]]'s unscrupulous testing methods for their medicines, knowing he's about to be murdered for knowing too much. His friend reads it out as his eulogy.
* ''Film/TheCore'': TheRat sends the details [[spoiler:of the government earthquake-weapon research and the save-the-planet mission that cost the lives of most of the heroes]] to all the world's news outlets. Noteworthy that the team hired him explicitly to stop the signal in the first place and prevent word from getting out to avoid mass panic.
* ''Film/{{Edge of Darkness|2010}}'' sees Elle Craven's whistleblowing video sent to the press by her father, [[spoiler:who knows he's dying of thalium poisoning courtesy of her employers.]]
* A very different version of this particular trope: two people in the {{Film/Apocalypse}} film series movie ''Revelation'' who have taken the MarkOfTheBeast try to stop the anti-Day Of Wonders virus program from uploading by pulling out the disk from the computer and even shooting the computer it's uploading on, all to no avail as it miraculously continues to boot up. Unfortunately, this plan [[YouCantThwartStageOne only delays the Day Of Wonders program from being released worldwide]], as it shows up in full use in the following movie ''Tribulation''.
* The climax of ''Film/TheNet''.
* This is how ''Film/PartsTheClonusHorror'' ends; the RetiredBadass IntrepidReporter Jake Noble is murdered, but manages to get a tape exposing the Clonus project to the media.
* Smith from ''Film/ShootEmUp'' does this because [[GenreSavvy he's aware of how this goes in movies]] -- see the page quote. Unfortunately, it's an AvertedTrope--the villains have too much power and keep the news from getting out. [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Which is all right for Smith...]]
* ''Film/TheyLive'' [[InvertedTrope inverts the trope]]; the villains are the ones ''sending'' the signal (which maintains their {{Masquerade}} as humans like us), and the heroes wind up ''stopping'' it in the end.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' has a small-town variation on this. As he escapes and takes all of the secret kickback money out of false bank accounts, Andy drops a package of hard proof of the warden's crimes into the outgoing mail. That gets sent to the local newspaper; in the next scene, the front page article indicting the prison warden is shown on the Warden's desk, just as the cops are trying to beat down his office door.
* Subverted at the end of ''Film/ThreeDaysOfTheCondor''. Turner reveals to CIA chief Higgins that he's had told everything to the ''New York Times''. But as Turner walks away...
-->'''Higgins:''' Hey, Turner! How do you know they'll print it? ''How do you know...''
* In TheMovie of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', Rorschach sends his diary to [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Not The]] ''[[ConspiracyTheorist Weekly World News]]'' before the big showdown. At the end a writer is sent to dig through the "crank file" for a story, but it's ambiguous as to whether the journal was chosen or not.
* The U.S version of ''Film/StateOfPlay'' ends with a credits montage of Cal and Della's story on Point Corp going to print.
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'', Lois Lane is told by Perry that he refuses to publish her article about a mysterious man of alien origin with superpowers wandering the country incognito. Lois Lane gives the article to an alternative media site's owner instead, who puts it online.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'': [[spoiler:All of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s information is unencrypted and leaked online, thus stealing all advantage HYDRA might gain.]] Apparently, it started trending.
* 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 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.]]
* At the end of ''[[Literature/{{VALIS}} Radio Free Albemuth]]'' [[spoiler:as a political prisoner, the main character hears over a radio that the resistance-song has been released, justifying his sacrifice in getting it to the public.]]
* ''Film/TheNiceGuys'' ultimately fail to [[spoiler:prevent Amelia's murder, but they do find her]] and discover the whistleblowing significance of the porno movie they had thought was just a lead. The rest of the film is about their attempt to keep the last surviving copy out of the hands of [[spoiler:Amelia's killers]].
* 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]].
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgdE-qPv6kw The final words]] in ''Film/DeadlineUSA'' (1952), one of Creator/HumphreyBogart's finest later films. He's speaking to a gangster he's about to bring down in the final issue of his paper just before it's bought out and closed down.
--> That's the press, baby. The press! And there's nothing you can do about it. ''Nothing!''

* 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 look at any place at any sufficiently recent time... which means there is no privacy, since there are no limitations on how ''close'' to the present it can look. The government knew about this before (it was their motivation for their draconian rules, the intent being to keep it out of most hands and [per their representative's statements] unused, but once the protagonists invent a cheap and simple way to duplicate the 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.
* Frank Herbert's short story "Committee Of The Whole". A man uses the broadcast of a U.S. Senate hearing to describe a cheap, easily-built laser that could cut the Earth in half like a ripe tomato. He then spends several pages trying to justify distributing information that could allow any madman to destroy the planet. He later admits he had distributed the information far and wide earlier.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes does this before he ends Moriarty once and for all.
* The old InteractiveFiction adaptation of/sequel to ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit451}}'' ended with Montag publicly broadcasting the contents of a lot of the banned books.
* Robert Harris' ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}'' ends with an [[BolivianArmyEnding ambiguous]] use of this; what we see is what the main character hopes / believes is happening, not necessarily what is. [[Film/{{Fatherland}} The film of the book]] plays it straight.
* In Greg Iles' ''The Footprints of God'', the main character exposed the AI project he's working on after he recovered from a coma.
* At the end of ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', Charlie gives her story to the one major publication she can trust not to be controlled by the government... ''Rolling Stone Magazine''.
* Literature/{{Serpico}} makes futile attempts to get his various police superiors and the Mayor's office to do something about police corruption, but it's only when he and his colleagues go to the ''New York Times'' that a proper inquiry is held, not only into corruption but how it's allowed to flourish. This only makes Serpico a greater target, however.
* ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' ends with the protagonists calling a journalist to reveal the GovernmentConspiracy, despite having already been bought off.
* The ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' {{novelization}} reveals that the Na'vi and scientists sent a message to Earth (either by SubspaceAnsible or radio, but either way it would beat the RDA {{Sleeper Ship}}s there) about the RDA's actions on Pandora to incite public opinion against the MegaCorp trying to retaliate against their eviction.
* In Literature/AncillaryJustice, Breq's plan for revenge against [[TheEmperor Anaander Mianaai]] is to reveal his secret actions to ''herself'', leaving her unable to deny the [[SplitPersonality split]] in the HiveMind that composes her. This succeeds, plunging the Anaander Mianaai into civil war against the other parts of herself.
* Villainous example at the climax of ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance''. The humans win the Battle Of Narak, crushing the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringers]]. But it's already too late. The Voidbringers have had time to release a magical signal that will transform all the parshmen into Voidbringers, and there are parshmen ''everywhere''. The enemy may have lost twenty or thirty thousand Voidbringers at Narak, but he'll soon have twenty or thirty ''million'' to replace them.
* 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.]]
* Literature/JohnRain
** ''A Clean Kill In Tokyo''. Rain finds himself up against this problem with the MacGuffin, a computer disk with a list of Japanese officials involved in corruption. Due to the nature of the Japanese media, no-one will touch such a potentially divisive story, so Rain gives the disk to a US journalist who can publish the story overseas, allowing the Japanese media to comment on it. Unfortunately the journalist is then murdered, putting them back to square one.
** ''The Detachment''. Rain discovers a GovernmentConspiracy to launch a FalseFlagOperation in the United States and asks his friend in the CIA why he can't just leak it to the newspapers. He points out that the New York Times has changed a lot since the Watergate days, and that they sat on a story of illegal domestic surveillance until after the election. So when they finally uncover undeniable proof of the conspiracy, they release it on Wikileaks instead.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Attempted in the season finale of ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' when [[spoiler: Dr. Rosen broadcasts testimony of the existence of alphas and the government's response. They eventually cut him off, but not until it's far too late.]]
* Averted, barely, in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' only because Duncan uses the Quickening to fry Paris' power grid -- and the computer holding the disk which holds information about Immortals and Watchers. Sure was lucky that the BigBad of the season who had been using the that disk in an attempt to blackmail Duncan chose the observation deck of the Eiffel Tower as the site of their showdown, providing a convenient antenna to transmit the lightning from the Quickening.[[note]]Convenient, but in-character; the villain in question had a massive flair for the theatrical and saw the highest point in Paris as the ideal place to enact his vengeance against Duncan.[[/note]]
* ''Push Nevada'' (Creator/BenAffleck's gimmick show where a viewer could win the money stolen from an InUniverse casino) -- the protagonist sends his evidence to every email address he can find.
* Played with in the second season of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Whoever said the unstoppable signal had to speak the truth?
* The second season finale of ''Series/BabylonFive'' with Inter Stellar News getting a copy of Warren Keffer's gun camera footage after his fighter is destroyed, revealing to the galaxy the existence of the Shadows. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Unfortunately]], the heroes had been trying to ''suppress'' that information, so as to avoid tipping their enemies off to the fact that they were aware of their plans.
* Series/{{Nikita}} often threatens this, but she never actually does it. The problem is that the actions that [[RogueAgent Division]] carried out could never be released to the world due to all of the problems it would cause.
* In ''Series/TheExpanse'':
** Episode 2: A Martian ship is about to grab the ''Canterbury's'' life pod and Holden thinks that the people who destroyed their ship are coming to finish them off so he sends a broad-spectrum message accusing Mars of destroying the ''Canterbury''. It causes riots to break out throughout the Belt. [[spoiler: Subverted immediately afterwards because Holden turns out to be completely wrong; the whole thing was a FalseFlagOperation, and finding out who was really responsible takes them the rest of Season 1.]]
** Episode 5: A flashback shows a Belter protest earlier that was brutally taken down by the UNN, destroying an entire station inhabited not only by protesting miners but their children as well. After numerous offers to surrender were ignored one of the protest leaders sent a transmission showing his oxygen-deprived daughter and explaining that they were just trying to improve their kids' lives, which cuts off as the station is destroyed. Apparently it was so effective that the assault's leader defected to the OPA.
* {{Defied}} in ''Series/{{V 1983}}''. IntrepidReporter Mike Donovan gets proof on video that the Visitors aren't friendly HumanAliens who come in peace, but mice-swallowing reptilians planning to TakeOverTheWorld. He gets the tape to the broadcast studio, and just as they're about to tell the world, all the stations cut out for a 'special announcement' that the Visitors have taken 'temporary' control of the media for our own good. In the follow-up series, LaResistance rip off a Visitor's face on live television. The Visitors claim it's a fake and show the 'real' broadcast the next day.
* Subverted in the British mini-series ''For The Greater Good''. A politician's secretary leaks a Cabinet document to a newspaper, but not only do their lawyers advise them not to use it because they could be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act, they actually send the papers back to the Cabinet office. The whistleblower is justly infuriated because this risks exposing her. She then has to try and find a sympathetic politician who can raise the matter in Parliament, allowing the press to legally comment on it.
* In the ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' episode "Bunker Hill", a slave uprising on Earth against the Drago-Kazof Nietscheans is crushed because the ''Andromeda Ascendant'' couldn't get there in time to provide air support, but the rebels get off a video message about the uprising that sparks similar uprisings all across the Drago-Kazof empire.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is the [[PhantomThief Yatagarasu's]] entire schtick in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations''. The Yatagarasu steals evidence of corruption from businesses and political offices, then sends it to the media to expose the truth. [[spoiler:They do this because they've lost faith in the legal system, and it's the only way they can bring some measure of justice to people above the law.]]
* Some of the endings in ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'' involve Michael Thorton carrying this out against Halbech and [[spoiler:Alpha Protocol]].
* This is what drives one of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'''s branches, the Revolution/Matt Horner missions. [[spoiler:They manage to bring the truth to the Dominion's civilians, thus starting a revolution]].
* Post-''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' lore includes [[CoolOldLady Wynne]]'s use of this trope; she uses a magical broadcasting device in one of the [[MutantDraftBoard Circles of Magi]] to get out the word that [[spoiler: it is possible to reverse the Rite of Tranquility and restore a mage who has been rendered both unable to cast spells and effectively lobotomized.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', this is the Refuse ending. The galaxy is being swarmed by a techno-horror HordeOfAlienLocusts led by [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] that destroy every advanced civilization in a cyclical manner. The PlayerCharacter has the option to obliterate or rewire them, but all of the possible choices involve great sacrifice and loss. Or the PlayerCharacter can simply refuse to accept any of their choices - and then the bad guys win, all technologically advanced life is destroyed, but not before one of the TrueCompanions executes her plan to FlingALightIntoTheFuture. She does so not on a single planet, but on many planets that harbor intelligent (or potentially intelligent) life, with smart programs to aid decryption by any who find it and incredible volumes of data that would propel a society almost instantly to a space-faring one. This ensures the next invasion is the last one.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', when the crew finds out about the [[MegaCorp Wormgate Corporation]]'s AncientConspiracy to suppress the [[TeleportersAndTransporters teraport]] drive, [[MadScientist Kevyn]] turns the invention open-source and submits the schematics to literally ''everybody''. He ends up sparking a galaxy-wide revolution, as practically ''everybody'' who had been prevented from fighting each other due to the Wormgate Network can suddenly go shoot each other whenever they want. Or, to put it in perspective for him:
-->'''Kevyn:''' I just spammed something like two thirds of galactic society.
* ''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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Part of the ''modus operandi'' of supervillain Brigand in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. First, he runs a huge ''Series/MissionImpossible'' style con on some CorruptCorporateExecutive types to steal money from them and make them reveal the really bad stuff they have been doing. Then he makes sure the media get all the details, while he makes his big escape.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Internet in general. Since it's so integrated into our lives and ''anyone'' can post pretty much ''anything'', news travels faster than Franchise/TheFlash. Also, since the Internet is so touchy about censorship, any attempt to ''stop'' the signal results in it spreading even faster. See the StreisandEffect and ForbiddenFruit entries.
* Samizdat is an example as well. Despite the communist countries having some of the most formidable StateSec organizations, news, literature and music were still distributed through friends of friends of acquaintances. Musical disks were often recorded on bootleg disks made of spare X-ray images (hence "music on bones"), and the worst enemy of the CulturePolice was the photocopier.
* Now, the very idea of stopping books, raw images, or music is ludicrous, with the ability to carry thousands on a Micro SD chip the size of a thumbnail.