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The LAist Interview: Xeni Jardin

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Whether writing in Wired and numerous publications, reporting on NPR, blogging at Boing Boing, or giving her own LA-centric perspective at, Xeni Jardin continually mines the vast marvels of technology, the Internet, and popular culture. Xeni’s career has brought her to Los Angeles, yet she maintains a busy travel schedule that includes appearing at and hosting conferences in places far and wide.

So who says the best tech pundits are in San Francisco and New York? Xeni regularly scoops LAist on the best in weird and interesting local tech meets hip news (like the SRL show this past weekend) and we're psyched to have local dynamic thinkers like Ms. Jardin. See what she has to say about living in LA, and read more about Xeni on her site.


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Technology/pop culture journalist, blogger, internet bon vivant

How long have you lived in Los Angeles?

For a little over ten years, but I've lived in a few cities at once sometimes.

Which neighborhood do you live in?


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Where are you from?

Before LA, San Francisco.

Lived all over.

You’ve worked in just about every medium. Which do you like best?


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What are some advantages and disadvantages of each?

Film is the most whole art form that exists now. It's the most complete medium of concrete human expression we have. It's about to become even more interesting as digital replaces photochemical throughout the lifeline of movies -- from creation, to production, to distribution, to exhibition.

How is living in Los Angeles particularly advantageous vis-à-vis being connected to the tech media world.

Everything I need is here.

In this age of telecommuting and such, does geography even matter much anymore? Or does it matter more, given that some people’s choice of residence is no longer tied to their place of work?

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Geography, community, and proximity do matter. They define us as much as we rely on them. I can't imagine doing what I do in any other city. Technology, art, and pop culture meet here in a way that isn't possible anywhere else in the world.