New blog, Mountain Distress, to spotlight what is considers Asheville’s under-reported news and culture


Here’s the note from loyal reader Lucy:


My name is Lucy, me and a few friends have started a radical blog of news and culture in Asheville. We intend it to be a place to find under reported news and radical analysis of current issues facing Asheville and the surrounding regions. We also want it to be entertaining and funny, the title is an obvious jab at the Mountainx, a paper that we feel has lost its way. The Xpress was once a source for local news and commentary about real issues, now its basically a cheerleader for hipster food trucks and buskers. We intend to focus on those in Asheville who care less about what new fancy expensive restaurant is opening and who are much more concerned with the growing problems of gentrification and malnutrition in WNC.
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Your Copy Editor March 23, 2012 - 8:24 am

“me and a few friends have started a radical blog of news and culture in Asheville”
Make that, “A few friends and I have started . . .” Otherwise you’re saying “me . .has started a radical blog.” A little grammar and spell checking will help your underreporting.
Definition of UNDERREPORT
transitive verb
: to report to be less than is actually the case : understate

Hauntedheadnc March 21, 2012 - 10:06 am

“This blog advocates for bank robberies and embezzlements. Seriously?”

My thoughts too… The only thing as obnoxious as a right-wing God-n-guns asshole is a left-wing kill-the-pigs asshole.

Asheville Network March 21, 2012 - 9:40 am

Tweeting about this now. Very interesting to say the least.

Vlad Emrick March 20, 2012 - 8:36 pm

This blog advocates for bank robberies and embezzlements. Seriously?

Mountainsistress March 20, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Mat I agree with you, I suppose the use of the term pig has just become so normal in our regular lives that it has bled into our writing. We’ll try our best to refrain from using the term pig.

On the other hand we’ll continue the use of lol cats and other such nonsense because honestly that seems to be what works online these days.

mat catastrophe March 20, 2012 - 2:27 pm

I really understand what they’re trying to do and why they’re trying to do it but they certainly aren’t impressing me with what is essentially a junior-high level of seriousness toward their subject matter and writing.

So, if “Lucy” and friends are serious about reporting the under-reported, may I suggest that they stop writing their pieces as though they were rejected submissions for The Onion? Or, perhaps, that they stop with the hackneyed hippie bullshit about “pigs”? If it isn’t even reaching people (like myself) who might otherwise agree with them, then how is it going to reach out to the audience that they, presumably, feel is being under-served by the current crop of local and national media?

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