Announcing the NewTeeVee Top 10 Breakout Video Stars of 2008

Xeni Jardin

Here at NewTeeVee, we honestly wouldn’t be surprised to get a memo stating that the entire Internet took a vote and elected Xeni Jardin their queen. So to explain what makes her a star would probably take more words than this space allows. But explaining what makes her a Breakout Video Star of 2008? We can kick it off with very few words: Boing Boing TV.

Jardin’s been a beloved web presence for years now, and many would argue she puts the “wonderful” in the “directory of wonderful things” that is But when Boing Boing TV hit our monitors earlier this year, we got to enjoy her in a whole new way. Sure, we’d seen her onscreen before, taking tech and web culture commentary to CNN, Jim Lehrer and a host of other old white guys. But with Boing Boing TV, we’ve seen Jardin blossom, staying tone-perfect covering everything from the roots of Voudun and slavery in Africa to John Hodgman’s non-book-trailer for More Information Than You Require . Alternately respectful or playful as the work requires, she’s once again established herself as a force to be reckoned with.

All hail the Queen!