Seong has asked me to share this text from Facebook so we can discuss it here further:
I've seen multiple of my FB friends declare the death of Schizoposting in different ways over the last couple of weeks, and I can't help but feel the same, as in: It's lost the "edgy sting", it has been recaptured etc., which is interesting, because the whole fascination for the "deviant schizophrenic" in Deleuze and Nick Land was imo the fascination for something inherently uncapturable, something that was always "off" of reality because it was defined that way.
How is it possible that something supposedly uncapturable was, in the end, captured? My interpretation is that the whole advent of Schizoposting could be only a symptom of a general societal change on how we view Mental Health / Illness. It goes together with the whole trend of 4channers and other shitposters calling themselves "autistic"*, and, on the 'flipside' of internet culture, with diagnoses of mental illness becoming a sort of character trait on TikTok and Twitter. On the more broader societal side of things the changes would be an increasing acceptance, understanding and representation of mental illness; the change from closed institutions to community psychiatry (which brought mental illness back into communities); the advent of medication (which is, as the opening of institutions, an older development, but I think it's effects still play out today). There's also a lot of talk about "narcisstic abuse" coming up, which is mostly about how to deal with supposedly narcisstic partners or family members.
The problem is: One can easily identify all these things as having to with some kinda change on how we view mental health, and how mental health slowly takes a bigger place in our everyday lives. But how exactly all of this fits together is very very vague; after all, how do the pseudo-subversive ramblings of a shitposter about UN-Blue-Helmets connect to posters in your Tram providing suicide prevention hotlines?
What does that mean for Schizoposting? Simply that I think it never was that subversive. If I had read more Deleuze I could probably turn this into some critique about how rhizomatic structures are just postmodern capital in disguise. But at the moment it suffices to say that Schizoposting, like other trends started by 4chan-nazis, will be normified.
I also saw that the german Belltowernews published made an article about Schizopilling, if anyone is interested I might try to give a summary: https://www.belltower.news/terrortrend-schizopilling.../
*If anyone has knowledge or information on when and where this trend (4channers calling themselves autistic) started btw, I would be interested to know