The Control Revolution is a book by James Beniger that explains the origins of the information society in part from the need to manage and control the. The Control Revolution. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. James R. Beniger. Harvard University Press. Cambridge. Book Reviews: The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society James R. Beniger Publisher: Harvard University Press.

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But all in all, Beniger provides a new revolytion countering much of the pessimistic, doomsday views people espouse when it comes to technological change. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society.

The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society

I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas.

Apr 15, John added it Shelves: I would consider it more as a tool for learning and research than an “absolute” thesis of any kind. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Larry Owens rated it really liked it Feb 25, Beniger traces the causes of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a crisis of control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and transportation.

Made the mistake of lending it enthusiastically to a colleague. Anthony rated it it was ok Jul 12, This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes.

He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning is programmed into social interaction. This book revopution at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things.


He does remind us here of his original question, which is why and how this came to be. The response to this crisis amounted to a revolution in societal control.

In fact Beniger would have it that the information had to accompany the industrial revolution for industrial tools made organizations more capable or powerful.

Beniger — The Control Revolution

He illustrates that by responding to the increasing need for control in production, distribution and consumption, technological change is whittled by feedback and information processing. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. David Garber rated it really liked it Jul 13, Jim rated it really liked it Jul 01, Information technology is a combination of computing and communication, both of which have occured to information technology in the latter half of the 19th century.

He gives sprawling, detailed accounts of innovations such as the steam engine, the railroad, and the telegraph and postal systems, yet he largely brushes past the printing press. He proposes two methods for controlling large social systems: I was surprised to find this almost entirely left out of his discussion on tradition to rationality.

James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. In the USA, applications of steam power in the early s brought a dramatic rise in the speed, volume and complexity of industrial processes, making them difficult to control.

It is here he expands his concept of control revoluiton look contrkl all social structures. In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic. His anomie resulted from a breakdown of communication across increasingly isolated sectors.



The Control Revolution

Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution. It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists, historians of science and technology, and all curious in general.

But if we think of information and uncertainty as complements jamez if we think of insurance as reducing uncertainty, then insurance is a form of information. Bought a third copy. Perhaps WalMart store layout DOES seem Freudian even now, but this book unmasks modernity and uncovers the roots of everyday life, and in the process makes the familiar seem foreign and the natural seem contrived.

When will I learn? These are some of the questions Beniger attempts to answer in his sprawling history of the emergence of the Information Society.

I read it in the midst of a reading binge when I was obsessed with science fiction, cyborgs, robots, opera and E.

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Sep 12, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: His case studies are fascinating – he makes Quaker Oats seem exotic, and the origins of WalMart store layout seem Freudian. The more startling insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance. These control mechanisms both relied upon This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes. He defines three problems for control: When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods?