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

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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.

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.