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Sherlock Holmes wireless future

by Critical Commons Manager

In this final scene from Sherlock Holmes, it is revealed that a radio wave-based remote control device was actually the most dangerous element of a doomsday machine created to murder the entire British Parliament, placing control of the government in the hands of a secret society ruled by old white men. While the intended mass murder was successfully foiled by Holmes, his emergent arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty stole the radio remote device for as-yet-untold nefariousness. Holmes' final soliloquy, "A technology of that kind would be worth an untold fortune. Imagine being able to control any device simply by sending a command via radio waves. It's the future, Watson!" both sets up the inevitable sequel to the film franchise and alludes to a technology that was indeed nascent in the late 19th century. The privileging of radio waves at this moment in history (and in the context of this film's reassertion of science/rationalism over magic/superstition bears further scrutiny in relation to the "magical" properties that were attributed to early wireless technologies emerging at the turn of the 20th century.

Sherlock Holmes wireless future

Holmes' climactic revelation that a radio-wave based remote control device is the most dangerous weapon imaginable

from Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Creator: Guy Ritchie
Distributor: Warner Brothers
Posted by Critical Commons Manager
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