Arthur Flowers & IT Uses

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i see the web as a literary instrument, an ideological instrument and what im selling is the value of a hoodoo worldview



Books by Arthur Flowers

De Mojo Blues   /   Another Good Loving Blues  

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Arthur Flowers Responds

to Black IT Uses & Cyberspace


Flowers Responds on Rootsblog

Rootsblog is still alive after about a couple of years, though Flowers initially was not getting the kind of traffic he desired. He was in despair, I encouraged him to stick it out. Flower tries to exhibit the daily uses of hoodoo through his social, political, and cultural commentary, it’s a literary hoodism. I am not sure what measure Flowers uses to judge his success, for he is not selling anything, really. And I’m not sure how responsive his blog is. The most important thing is that he has stuck with it. He has added some images to the blog to break up the white space. In creative IT appeals we are all in the dark and learn as we go. In some sense we are all pioneers, adapting to the wilderness.—Rudolph Lewis, Making Use of IT for Black Liberation  


hey man

thanks for the props in your piece though i can fill in some of the blanks on what flowers is selling i consider the web to be a literary genre as a writer and though rootsblog began as an instrument to sell mojo rising i soon saw that it had more ideological potential than my regular webside because it current event driven but i consider them both ideological instruments, as i consider the web a very 21st century ideological instrument that we are only just beginning ot understand and what im selling is an ideology, a vision, a hoodoo based vision of african american destiny and my criteria of success is putting that vision into the african american ideological dialogue disseminating the value of an afrospiritual vision of our destiny as a people conjuring a hoodoo reality for future generations now right now folk dont know what im talking about i figure through the kind of daily presentation of a hoodoo worldview i do in rootsblog folk will gradually come to appreciate the value of it thats what im selling man, i see the web as a literary instrument, an ideological instrument and what im selling is the value of a hoodoo worldview in particular a 21st century vision of hoodoo rather than that slaverytime version of hoodoo that most people relate to and right now that seems to be just me valuing that and folk not appreciate that now but for every year that i hang in there that many more folk, in particular blackfolk, will understand the value of 21st century hoodoo, of an afrospiritual worldview in shaping the destiny of the blackrace and all humanity and sometimes i feel kinda lonely out here with that particular mission/vision but i accept the incremental nature of it (in spite of occasional blues) and im not quite sure what you mean by responsive when you conjuring and thats what i consider myself doing you basically demanding that reality adjust itself to your will so i tend to stake out ground and hold it until the world aligns itself w/me which may result in what you refer to as lack of responsiveness i keep flaying around trying to find the best voice for this thing and right now im kinda determined to stand my ground until my vision gradually becomes accepted as a valued and valuable one basically i consider the web one big instrument of my magic a literary instrument, an ideological instrument, an instrument of magic and conjuration again thanks for the props been in the woodshed lately trying to finish off this novel, i see you been busy though so i assume you in a good space dont know that i could add more to what you saying about IT beyond the fact that i think its part of 21st century struggle and probably the strongest instrument on the board, its just that its so new that we are still figuring out how to best use it but i really admire folk who are trying to use it for more than selling products also you might want to consider  the black commentator and promethus 6 and you might want to put links in to the sites mentioned in spirit and struggle


Arthur Flowers, a Memphis native, is the author of two novels, De Mojo Blues and Another Good Loving Blues (Ballantine Books), and a children’s story, Cleveland Lee’s Beale Street Band. He is a Vietnam veteran, blues singer, co-founder of the New Renaissance Writer’s Guild. In addition, he is the webmaster of Rootsblog: A Cyberhoodoo Webspace and a performance artist whose presentation, Delta Oracle: A Griot Speaks in Tongues, keeps him busy and Professor of MFA Fiction at Syracuse University.*

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