The Man Behind The Wild Hunt
A lot of "homemade" Pagan sites died when GeoCities closed down. Some mourned the loss of a Pagan internet era, others rejoiced at the death of the animated Pagan .gif. Do you think the loss of Pagan digital milestones and data are things we should be concerned about as time goes by? Should there be a Pagan digital media library project?
There's always the Internet Archive for those who really miss the GeoCities experience, and there already are digital media library projects that are trying to preserve Pagan and occult texts online (www.sacred-texts.com, for example). I do think it would be interesting to see a real, scholarly attempt to create a robust record of the Pagan internet experience, but it would have to be massive at this point to really be exhaustive to any degree.
You work hard to network and co-ordinate diverse Pagan media outlets. What do you think Pagan media should be focusing on as a whole? How do you envision the future of Pagan media?
We need a newswire(s); we need "hard" news for our community that is produced by our community. Secular news agencies aren't going to care about our communities the way we do, nor should we expect them to. I think that should be the next big step in Pagan new media, and one that I'm deeply invested in. The future of Pagan media in the next twenty years will be Pagan new media going "pro" in various ways (a process that is already underway), solidifying into a new ecosystem of information and interaction with a variety of larger "hubs" providing context, content, and coordination.
When it comes to Paganism and media technology you've become the default "go-to" guy. How do you feel about being in that role?
In all honesty, it's an honor and a privilege that people want to hear my views on anything. If I truly am the "go-to" guy for this stuff, I can only hope to be a good ambassador to the wider community regarding the potential of these technologies.
In researching for this interview I discovered that you're also a painter. I've read that you are a fan of Klimt, but your style seems more like Van Gogh, if Van Gogh was painting the Arcanas of the tarot. Do you plan to turn your paintings into a tarot deck one day?
I paint far too slowly for that! I also think my rather large painterly work would look pretty cruddy squished down that small, as the texture is a big part of its appeal, at least for me. As for Klimt, I sometimes feel he's my Holy Guardian Angel, helping me achieve my artistic True Will.
Since launching The Wild Hunt in 2004, Jason Pitzl-Waters has become one of the leading voices for analysis and insight into how modern Pagan faiths are represented within the mainstream media. In addition, The Wild Hunt has also conducted in-depth interviews with prominent figures within modern Paganism, academia, and religion journalism. Jason wants to raise the level of discourse and journalism on important issues within the modern Pagan and Heathen communities, while advocating a broader commitment to encouraging religious multiplicity and solidarity (where appropriate) with surviving indigenous and non-monotheistic faith groups. Jason also hosts a Pagan music podcast, A Darker Shade Of Pagan, and is a visual artist: Epimetheus Studio.
Star Foster is a Pagan numbers-geek roaming the wilds of the North Georgia mountains. She enjoys bluegrass, RPGs, war novels, and keeping abreast of the wild, wonderful world of Modern Paganism.
A hopeless movie junkie, Star Foster believes that good movies are the mythic narratives of our times.