I just knew it all along (although perhaps I forgot about the Christ and his Impulses?), but I have had the satisfaction of discovering that my instinct has already been corroborated by other independent sources, this blog!
The ahrimanic nature of the internet lies primarily in the way that supports the decontextualization of meaning-making from the soul lives of its human participants. It allows us to abstract too easily, to decontextualize parts of ourselves in ways that challenge a healthy development. But at the same time the internet is the potential carrier of both luciferic impulses (getting willfully lost in online environments, expressions of rage, rampant self-satisfaction seeking opportunities, etc.) and Christ impulses as well.
The blogger claims that the internet can be redeemed (and disapproves of the all too wide-spread negative attitude toward the internet among anthroposophists). Well, that’s reassuring. But it isn’t necessarily an easy process, it must be done “through a conscious surrendering of one’s will to a higher will, which is experienced both as a suffering and a redemption.” Ahriman and Lucifer, not too surprisingly, have different ideas about the use of the internet. Ahriman wants it to be used for manipulation and control, and wishes that people forget the “greater powers”. Lucifer, on the other hand, “would be happy if we continued to use the internet to satisfy our desires and create infinite personalities for ourselves.” (The latter part of the sentence makes me laugh: do people not know how good some anthroposophists are at creating new personalities to satisfy their desires!)