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