It’s a new year, and with it comes a new week of content on the Mountain Xpress Forums. What are the burning-hot topics at the start of 2009? Let’s take a look.
In the Local subforum, Managing Editor Jon Elliston asked the forum regulars about their personal additions to WNC Magazine‘s recent list of the 50 most influential people from the Asheville area.
Moving on to Non-Local topics, the discussion is still rolling along in several well-established threads, such as Economic advice—who and who not to listen to, New York’s New Senator, More than Two Political Parties and Who is to Blame for the current Economy?
Over in the Arts & Entertainment subforum, moderator Zen has been keeping us updated on the Asheville Mural Project’s ongoing efforts underneath the I-240 overpass, sparking more than a little debate with longtime forum contributor Ralph Roberts over the “tacky” and “garish” nature of the project. In other arts-related topics, the long-established What song is stuck on your head today? thread recently cracked an impressive 15 pages, while Kanye West :: 808s & Heartbreak has evolved into quite the discussion on modern-day hip-hop.
And in the Community section, a great number of interesting topics have been posted this week. Rumors that the government may be interested in helping to bail out print-based media and Multimedia Editor Jason Sandford’s brainstorming session for a new Xpress-created Facebook app have the potential to be fun threads in coming weeks, while the thread introducing the Air Force’s in-house social networking rules are well-worth examining. And forum regular Jason Bugg’s thread about College Incentives for Pre Teens asks some interesting questions about sex-ed in the Parenting subforum.
Of course, these topics could always use another set of insights. Take a spin by the forums and let us know your thoughts on these issues, or start your own discussion.
— Steve Shanafelt, forums administrator