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Cybercultural is a newsletter covering the intersection of technology and culture, written by longtime digital journalist Richard MacManus.

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What subscribers say

“Curious about how tech is transforming our culture? We love what @ricmac is doing with Cybercultural. Proud subscriber.”

— Edwin Khodabakchian, CEO of Feedly

“Cybercultural is consistently at the top of my reading list. It’s quality journalism about that special place where tech and creativity meet, and it’s great value for the annual sub”.

Paula Browning, Chair of WeCreate and CEO of Copyright Licensing NZ

“What Cybercultural is doing is very important and should be supported by everyone in tech, culture and media.”

Jonathan Gardner, Chief Communications Officer at Believe and TuneCore

Cultural sectors covered

The "cultural industries" are often called the "creative industries" and the definition is contested. But in a nutshell, I write about digital innovation in these sectors: 

  • Television, movies and online video

  • Radio and podcasting

  • Media (newspapers, magazines, blogs and email newsletters)

  • Book publishing

  • Music

  • Performing arts

  • GLAM sector (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums)

  • Gaming, Virtual Reality experiences

Cybercultural covers all of the above cultural sectors. To check out some of my recent articles, you can peruse a selective, catalogued archive on my personal website or scroll/search through the full Substack archive.

How much does Cybercultural cost?

$5 per month or $50 per year.

Publishing schedule

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About me

I was the founder and CEO of pioneering tech blog ReadWriteWeb (RWW) from 2003-2012. RWW was ranked among the top 10 blogs in the world, according to Technorati. It was syndicated by The New York Times between 2008-2011 and eventually acquired by SAY Media in December 2011.

As evidenced by what I built with RWW, I’ve had a passion for creativity on the Web for decades. Indeed, RWW was one of the first professional blogs and thus a forerunner of how newspapers and magazines evolved in the digital-first era.

The Cybercultural newsletter is my latest outlet for exploring the ongoing digitisation of culture.