Into the Forums

What’s new on the Mountain Xpress Forums this week? Let’s take a look.

For the last several weeks, the forum users — the “boarders” as they call themselves — have been gathering together online on Sunday nights to comment live as fellow boarder Shad Marsh hosts his online radio show, Machine Made of Birds. The show features an eclectic selection of music, as well as call-ins and occasional guests, but a large part of the fun is that Marsh occasionally responds to the forum posts as the evening goes on, making the experience somewhat interactive. While the threads might come across as a bit nonsensical if you read them on their own, following the show and the thread in real time can significantly enhance the enjoyment of both. To participate this week, visit this thread from 9 p.m. to midnight this Sunday night.

While it’s clearly a vital function of the local media to help foster community discussion, sometimes what people actually want to discuss is mind-boggling. When it comes to local letters to the editor, this can certainly be the case. Whether it’s people who are tired of the words “awesome” and “cool,” or folks who don’t like the way the phone book is organized, these local letter writers have provided a novel subject for discussion: Their priorities.

It wasn’t all that long ago that local burlesque was a saucy new idea on the Asheville scene, thanks in large part to groups like The Rebelles. Even though that group has long-since disbanded, the local burlesque movement has only grown. But, when it comes to quality of performance, have these groups really brought anything new to the table? Or are they more glorified strip-teases with live music? That’s the topic of discussion in this thread. (Warning: Content in the thread may be not safe for work .)

If local topics don’t strike your fancy, other active forum topics this week include discussions about the future of NASA, a place to recommend five songs, and a promising new riddle thread.

This is just a sample of the new discussions that took place on the forum this week. Don’t see a discussion about that burning topic you’d like to talk about? Why not start your own? All registered members of the have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.


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