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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 78, Autumn 1998

A New 1998 Screwtape Letter Original Article

Discovered and Copyrighted by Berni Phillips(An entry in the Screwtape Letter Contest at Mythcon XXIX)

My dear Gallstone,
I cannot emphasize to you enough how valuable a resource
the Internet is to us today. Consider, for starters, the initial purchase.
Your man must be convinced that only the fastest and most up-to-date (and
therefore expensive) machine is suitable for such as he. If he cannot
afford such a machine, all the better. You can easily convince him that he
and his family deserve such a creation, even if they cannot afford it. You
may even be able to justify, by its supposed educational value, that it is
worth not sending little Billy to that Christian school in order to buy
such a behemoth. This has the potential of getting two generations at
once. Then, of course, he must buy all the pricy peripherals and doo-dads
that go with such a device.

No, don’t even suggest using the porn on the Internet. Oh,
it has its place, but it hasn’t the subtlety I’m trying to instill in you.
Rather, have your man select an anonymous on-screen persona to use in his
communications. Next introduce him to the various newsgroups and chat
rooms where he can run roughshod over the feelings of other, secure in the
knowledge that his arrogance and computer makes him superior to these
lesser mortals. After all, these are his opinions and anyone who holds
another is obviously wrong and therefore an idiot to be abused.

Your man must be seduced into spending more and more time
on-line. This has the double effect of destroying both his earthly and his
after-earthly lives. His relentless tirades will harden the wisp that is
left of his soul while afflicting many who belong to the enemy. At the
same time, the neglect he shows his family and job may well deprive him of
either or both.

Long live technology!

Your devoted mentor,