Well among other things I am a musician and composer. I have devoted a lot of my life to it, at one stage under the illusion that I would make something out of it. As is so often the case, nothing whatever has come of it, but I continue to work at it.
Now there are a billion websites out there where you, too, can upload your song ideas, and get an audience. We also now have the most amazing studio technology on desktop computers - I have Logic on an iMac, and the quality of the sounds is just amazing. In 1989 this functionality would have cost you about $200,000. If you have the dexterity and ideas, you can create studio-quality music with this gear.
Now I regard myself as quite creative - not genius level, but genuinely original and technically more competent than many. But go through the loop of uploading some of your material to these sites. It is utterly soul-destroying. Your little song, the thing that expresses some important aspect of your sensibility, is now just one among 30 million files being feverishly created by 20 million wannabees, all with the latest digital sound technolology, etc etc....
More and more, I am just playing good ol' piano now. That is one thing you can't do on a computer.
As regards 'cyberculture', a sickening note from today's news. A poor 12-yo boy was fatally stabbed in a schoolyard brawl yesterday, in a private school, in Brisbane. His friends, as they often do, put up a tribute site on Facebook. For the first few hours, it was all tributes. Apparently, by this morning, the page had been thoroughly trashed with a number of obscene messages and images of both paedophillia and bestiality. Facebook deleted it.
Now who did this? I would hazard a guess that it is the work of a whole bunch of other 12 or 13 year olds. I shudder to think of the damage being wrought on young minds by the kind of material that is freely avaiable in cyberspace. Now I don't want to open that can of worms again, it has been thoroughly canvassed on a few other threads, but again, this naive idea that 'Information wants to be free' and 'the more information the better' really needs to be criticized.