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* Literature/TheGapCycle Stephen R. Donalson uses this in the climax, giving humanity its best defense against the Amnion.


* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Athena retired from being a superheroine, after suffering years of sexual harassment from her enemies; including one incident where [[spoiler: [[RapeAsBackstory she was gang raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, used her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Exports"[[/note]] to cover it up 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 [[DefiledForever 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.

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* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': ''Manga/DontMeddleWithMyDaughter'': Athena retired from being a superheroine, after suffering years of sexual harassment from her enemies; including one incident where [[spoiler: [[RapeAsBackstory she was gang raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, used her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Exports"[[/note]] to cover it up 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 [[DefiledForever 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 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.]]

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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 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 superlaser firing on its own base as a failed last resort.]]


* {{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.

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* {{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.day with the same audience managed at gunpoint to applaud on cue.


* 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:

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* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', when the crew finds out about the [[MegaCorp Wormgate Corporation]]'s AncientConspiracy to suppress the [[TeleportersAndTransporters [[DestructiveTeleportation 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:

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* Several ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' episode involve a government trying to keep something hidden. In one episode, a planet is demanding that the ''Excalibur'' hand over a refugee, promising him safe passage to the surface. The shuttle explodes mid-flight. They learn that the government has been purging great cultural works, and the man gave his life to save as many of them as he could, leaving the recordings aboard the ''Excalibur''. In another, a pre-hyperspace civilization's government is deliberately spreading conspiracy theories in order to blame aliens for any problems caused by the government's incompetence. Gideon, pissed that the government has chosen humans as the culprit, reveals the truth to the planet's people.

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* In ''Series/{{Chernobyl}}'', Legasov's suicide two years after the titular disaster and the tapes he recorded spark an investigation into the events, finally forcing the Soviet government to reveal exactly what happened and the scale of the disaster. In Legasov's case, he was already dying from radiation exposure and has been made a virtual {{Unperson}} by the KGB, so this may also count as a ThanatosGambit.


* 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''.

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* 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 ''[[Magazine/RollingStone Rolling Stone Magazine''.magazine]]''.


* The climax of ''Film/TheNet''.

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* The climax of ''Film/TheNet''.''[[Film/TheNet1995 The Net]]''.


* ''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 gang raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, used her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Exports"[[/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.

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* ''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'': Athena retired from being a superheroine 20 superheroine, after suffering years ago, due to constantly being subjected to of sexual harassment and from her enemies; including one incident where [[spoiler: because [[RapeAsBackstory she was gang raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, used her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Exports"[[/note]] to cover it 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 [[DefiledForever what could happen to Clara's reputation 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.


* ''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.

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* ''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 gang raped]]]]. Her friend, Hanna, used her connections as commander of N.U.D.E.[[note]]"Next Ultimate Defense Experts"[[/note]] Exports"[[/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.

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* Invoked in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': magical rituals can be performed by anyone, and magical ''summoning'' rituals can be particularly bad if they summon ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow. However, the likelihood of a ritual working is inversely proportional to the number of times it is attempted: the more people try to summon a devil, the less likely it is for the devil to show up, to the point that you can reduce the chance to zero if you disseminate the information enough. So the White Council's standard practice when they find a particularly bad ritual spell is to tell ''everyone'' about it by publishing a book, almost immediately invalidating the ritual[[note]]This is, on occasion, a bad thing, however, as detailed by Thomas in the short story ''Backup''[[/note]]. They were also responsible for sharing Dr. Van Helsing's research on vampires in the form of Bram Stoker's Dracula, to allow ordinary mortals to fight back against and almost completely destroy the Black Court of vampires, aka the ones that were complete monsters with no moral compass or desire to remain hidden.


* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Literature/TheDeadPast". 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.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Literature/TheDeadPast". 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 the public's hands and [per their representative's statements] unused, 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.


* 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.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Past The Dead Past]]"."Literature/TheDeadPast". 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.


* Subverted in the 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.

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* 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.

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