If there’s one spectator sport that the MountainX.com forum boarders universally seem to enjoy, it’s the endless contests and turf battles of local politics. It was hardly surprising that shortly after already-controversial Carolina Stompers leader Chad Nesbitt battled his way to become the chair of the Buncombe County GOP last week, the topic immediately became the subject of intense discussion on the forum.
This was hardly the only interesting local subject examined by the forum crew this week. The recent arrests of the city of Asheville’s human resources director and three other department employees on insurance fraud charges certainly merited some conversation. And an out-of-the-blue announcement that Asheville, Greenville, SC, and Johnson City, TN, had been picked for the first round of the much-sought-after Google Fiber Intiative was definitely starting to generate some excitement, until someone remembered to check the date; April Fools!
For the real intellectual and ideological sparring matches, however, it’s the nonlocal news section that tends to be the most active and volatile. With threads about the return of domestic terrorism, Obama’s environmentally ambivalent energy plan, the recent RNC sex club debacle, the Vatican’s current sex abuse scandal and the ongoing controversy about the scope of the Census, there’s plenty to debate.
Politics not your thing? Well, if there’s a runner-up category for intense conversation on the forums, it’s the music subforum. Here, one can find very serious discussions about whether or not bands like Vampire Weekend are best identified as pop or indie rock. But it’s not all controversy, like this Fugazi appreciation thread reveals. And if you’re just looking for a place to share your passion for music in general, there are plenty of threads aimed at a variety of interests, from the 1980s thread to ongoing discussions like music to “board” to, the rap discussion and favorite five songs for the week threads.
And if you’re more of a general interest sort of reader, odds are you can easily find at least one topic to your liking. Excited and/or scared about the Large Hadron Collider finally coming online? Curious about local and regional internet-based sitcoms? Interested in some regional and local beer reviews? You can find all this and more on the MountianX.com forums.
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 MountainX.com have forum accounts, and if you aren’t a member, joining is easy — just click here.