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nphS.T. Karnick (goddamn, how many people are going to write for this site?) has a short piece up crowing about how the internet “Superbrain” predicted Kal Penn’s exit from House (yeah, I don’t really care if I just spoiled you).

My first thought was “Holy shit, is there some sort of advanced neural net system dedicated solely to predicting House plotlines?  AWESOME.”  Sadly, by “Superbrain,” Karnick is just referring to what the kids these days generally call the “hivemind.”

Last week’s episode of the Fox Network medical-mystery series House included a Big Event meant to shock the show’s viewers and send the story line in an interesting new direction, as one of the main characters of the series was killed. As it happens, the show’s fans figured out exactly who it would be, several days in advance of the program’s airing, as the kind of public conversation the Internet makes so easy enabled a mass pooling of information and instant critiquing of same.

This almost instantaneous accumulation and processing of information makes the web something of a superbrain. Yes, figuring out the plot twists of television shows may not be the most productive use of people’s time and brainpower, but this somewhat frivolous achievement does indicate the impressive potential of the Internet as a mass information processing tool.

Karnick provides no links to back up this assertion, but presumably he’s referring to the fact that Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly and Kristin Dos Santos of E! Online posted overlapping blind items the week before that House episode aired, causing pages and pages of speculation both at their sites and at TV related sites across the web. 

I have no idea what Karnick’s point is.  Some speculators on the internet correctly predicted the twist, but only with the help of key information leaked by the show.  It’s not as if they came up with it whole cloth.  And, for every random blogger or commentator or TwoP forum poster who correctly predicted Kumar’s demise, there were 10 who guessed incorrectly.  Read through the comments to Ausiello’s post, and you’ll see just how awesome the “Superbrain” is.

While there are posts like this:

YoursTruly Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 03:20 PM EST

I agree with Colleen S – if it’s House, it has to be Kutner. Taub is too obvious, as is Thirteen. Wilson’s even a little obvious with Amber dying and his brother issues. We know absolutely nothing about Kutner except that he was raised in foster care (that’s true, isn’t it?). I keep waiting for an episode centered around him, and with this new blind item, I’m starting to believe we’re not going to get it.

So for a suicide that completely comes out of no where, with no previous info indicating it’ll happen, I absolutely vote for Kutner. Though i do like Kal Penn.

There are many, many more posts like this:

Monica Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 03:04 PM EST

Since Washington State has legal assisted suicide, I say it’s Izzie on Grey’s. What a good twist and relevant issue. George will help her

Judy Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 03:16 PM EST

I agree with those who said either Nicki or Sara of Big Love. I am very obsessed with that show, and agree about those synonyms as being hints. I think it will be Nicki. I hope I am wrong because with Nicki gone, the show would be very different. Love that show.

bean Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 03:32 PM EST

cant be Kutner, yeah he was adopted but he seems like the most balanced person on that show and I wouldn’t consider him a main character. We haven’t seen much of him lately and we only really see him at work, no personal life. I’m thinkin TR Knight or Katherine Hiegel on Grey’s is that one too obvious? I don’t keep up with that show anymore are they still main characters?

Steph Fri, Mar 20, 2009 at 03:34 PM EST

It has to be Battlestar Galactica since the BI just showed up. And it would have big repercussions for the fans. Even though the show will be over, it will drive us wild. My bet? Admiral Adama. Laura drifts into death on the wreckage of the big G and Adama follows her with suicide. He can’t live w/out both his girls. Plus, “in order for children to live and grow, their parents must die”. Therefore Adama and Roslin are goners. 😦

You get the idea.  The “Superbrain” didn’t “predict” the twist in any meaningful sense.  There was no real consensus, just wild speculation.  A small portion of that wild speculation happened to be correct.  So fucking what?

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April 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

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