A preliminairy Golden List

This is, more or less, what I focus on currently. It is a golden list that will change every now and then. Maybe someone has a suggestion to add to the list.


  • Walter Benjamin,Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit (1936/39)
  • Sigmund Freud,Das Unbehagen in der Kultur (1929) (Civilisation And It’s Discontents)
  • Cathy O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction
  • Philip Mirowski, Machine Dreams. Economics becomes a cyborg science
  • Peter-Paul Verbeek, De grens van de mens
  • Martin Heidegger, De vraag naar de techniek
  • Peter Sloterdijk, Sferen
  • Hannah Arendt, Conditio Humana
  • Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto
  • Martijn & Tokmetzis. Je hebt wél iets te verbergen. Over het levensbelang van privacy.


  • Metropolis, Fritz Lang, D 1927
  • Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, Walther Ruttmann
  • Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin, 1936
  • Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, USA 1982
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, UK/USA 1968
  • The Matrix, The Wachowskis, 1999
  • Her, Joaquin Phoenix, 2013

TV series

  • Star Trek
  • The six million dollar man
  • The Jetsons
  • Black Mirror (Netflix)


  • Philip Glass, ‘Einstein on the Beach’
  • Johan Sebastian Bach
  • Kraftwerk


  • De Groene Amsterdammer
  • The New Yorker

News Papers

  • NRC Handelsblad
  • Volkskrant
  • The Guardian


Essential articles

  • Barth, S. & de Jong, M.D.T. (2017). The privacy paradox – investigating discrepancies between expressed privacy concerns and actual online behavior – A systematic literature review. Telematics and Informatics, 34, 1038-1058.
  • Beer, D. (2016) How should we do the history of Big Data? Big Data & Society
  • January–June 2016: 1–10. sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/2053951716646135
  • Boersma, M (2015). Objectivity as professional strategy. Use and function of a controversial concept. Journalistieke Cultuur in Nederland. Bardoel, J. & Wijfjes, H. eds. Chapter 8. Amsterdam, AUP, 2015, pp. 163-181.
  • Boyd, D. & Crawford K. (2012) CRITICAL QUESTIONS FOR BIG DATA, Information, Communication & Society, 15:5, 662-679, DOI: 1080/1369118X.2012.678878
  • Couldry, N. and Yu, J. (2018) Deconstructing datafication’s brave new world. new media & society 1–19. sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/1461444818775968
  • Dijck, J. van. (2014). Datafication, dataism and dataveillance: Big data between scientific paradigm and ideology. Surveillance & Society, 12(2), 197-208.
  • Middelaar, F. Van (2016). Big Data surveillance en privacy, frictie en fictie. BA-eindwerkstuk premaster Nieuwe Media en Digitale cultuur Universiteit Utrecht
  • Pushmann, C. and Burgess, J. (2014) Metaphors of Big Data. International Journal of Communication 8 (2014), 1690–1709.
  • Schneier, B., (2018). Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Retrieved from https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/03/facebook_and_ca.html
  • Zuboff, S.2017). The secrets of surveillance capitalism. Retrieved from http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/debatten/the-digitaldebate/shoshana-zuboff-secrets-of-surveillance-capitalism-14103616.html

Zuboff, S.(2015). Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization. Journal of InformationTechnology30

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