Each week, Into The Forums gives you a glimpse into the Mountain Xpress user forum experience. Generally, the focus tends to fall on the topic being discussed, but this week I thought I’d switch things up and give the people who make the forums worth visiting — the actual users — a little time in the spotlight.
* From Break out your food stamps for sustainable food, a thread about the Asheville City Market accepting debit cards and food stamps:
The (PFKaP): “i used to buy 50 pound bags of brown rice and whatnot at the co-op when i had food stamps.”
shadmarsh: “You must be very regular.”
The (PFKaP): “oh, i used to visit the fbfc quite consistently, yes.”
• From Asheville cops pay 300K after throwing a grenade in a man’s lap, in which Police Chief Bill Hogan was quoted referring to a “traditional” crack house:
brebro: “The traditional crack houses have become so overpriced, you may as well look up one of the more modern styles that seem to be much more affordable. Forget those snobs at NRTHCH [National Registry of Traditional and Historic Crack Homes] and their elitist ways. You can find perfectly usable crack houses at the local and more general board of Functional Real Estate Encompassing Buildings And Structures Everywhere (FREEBASE) office.”
• From Obama versus the American Medical Association, a thread which threatened to break down along partisan lines from the very start. And then conservative-leaning poster travelah raised a few very good points, prompting this tongue-in-cheek exchange:
tattttms: “Granted trav is a kook, but the statistic that insurance premiums are less than one percent of overall healthcare costs is very misleading …”
travelah: “Trav is a kook yet you agree with the kook. I’m actually your intellectual superior and years past from the kook stage in life.”
• In a strange tangent in the otherwise on-topic discusson of The “Free” Elections in Iran, there was this bit of back and forth:
Barfly: “Whatever has happened to conservative thinkers? Have all the intelligent one’s died? Years ago I actually would listen to a man like Bill Buckley, a gentleman with a brain.”
mister waffles: “Buckly was a gentleman, you’re right. Especially when he called Gore Vidal a ‘faggot’ and threatened to ‘punch him in the goddamned mouth.’ Quite gentlemanly.”
Steve Shanafelt: “Wasn’t it Chomsky he threatened to punch in the mouth?”
brebro: “No, he was only going to smash Chomsky in the face generally, not the mouth specifically.”
Steve Shanafelt: “Ah, my mistake.”
• Or how about the examination of Irony as “the modus operandi of God.”
Johnny Lemuria: “Irony is a trap. A trap of modernity and the decadence of a culture in decline. We must break through irony! We must enjoy what we enjoy, say what we think, love what we love! And not because its ironic, or camp, or kitschy, but because IT IS GOOD, and damn the consensus that says otherwise!”
The (PFKaP): “oh, i see. he means like a mustache on a hipster?”
willc: “Exhibit A.”
Other noteworthy threads from this week include: 642 page novel ? We don’t need no stinking 642 page novel … Remembering the short story; Hillbilly Alienation; and a quick look at likely internet-changing application Google Wave.
Of course, these topics are just a selection of the hundreds of discussion threads on the Mountain Xpress forums. Don’t see a discussion about that burning topic you’d like to talk about? Why not start your own? All registered members of MountainX.com have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.
— Steve Shanafelt, forums administrator