Use of the Internet
A questionaire for Occultists
In March and April 1997, I sent around a questionaire to 282 occult-related
e-mail addresses. Addressees were surfers-only, maintainers of large and/or
smaller web sites and also people who run a -L of their own.
The questions did contain some word shells/euphemisms into which the
receiver could project their own concepts: "active", "passive",
"consumation", "occultism", "inspiring" etc. Some of my questions were more
"suggestive" type questions regarding my essay on
"The McDonaldisation of Occulture".
Since my reputation as an observer of the
"Caliphate" may have hindered some members of that particular group in answering my questionnaire, the reader should of course bear that in mind when reading the responses.
59 of the 282 answered the questionnaire = 21% in total.
- 83% consider themselves explicitly "active", 11 or 7% "passive"
consumers of the Web.
- 42 or 4% have a definitively "positive" opinion on the occult
net-culture ("creativity"), 30 or 5% a rather "negative" one.
- 47 or 5% somewhat complain about the "self-referentialistic" aspect of
the web sites. 13 or 6% find it "useful".
- 37 or 3% do explicitly think that occultists have a "different
approach" to the Internet than the "average" user.
- Those who maintain a web presence of their own report mostly very
minor ("zero"/"few"/"very little") "inspiring reaction(s)" to their presence
per month (except 4 examples with more than 0-1 such mails: 20, 30, 50,
- 8 0r 5% have sent return questions to my website in regards to the
questionnaire. 2 participants requested information on when and where the results of this questionaire are to be published.
Of course, this "analysis" is not an academic one, I just wanted to collect
a somewhat general "feeling" of what's "going on" in the "electric
You might find here not only my questionaire but also a
collection of the most impressive and most significant answers. Let me say Thank you very much.
[Correction of the translation of this page was provided by Kon Vlahos.]
See also the Collection
of 36 Re-Collections.