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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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.

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When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers emerged after the Second World War. Apr 15, John added it Shelves: His nonsense books, mo …. 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.

This book came at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things. How did the collection, processing, and communication of information come to play an increasingly important role in advanced industrial countries relative to the roles of matter and energy?

He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning is programmed into social interaction. But if we think of information and uncertainty as complements and if we think of insurance as reducing uncertainty, then insurance is a form of information. Dec 18, Kasper rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In the United States, applications of steam power in the early s controo a dramatic rise in the speed, volume, and complexity of industrial processes, making them difficult to control.


Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to drive material processes, required a corresponding growth in the exploitation of information: Dec 06, Rui Coelho rated it revolutiob it.

Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: His story begins in the mids t When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods?

I was surprised to find this almost entirely left out of his discussion on tradition to rationality. Sep 12, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: It is here he expands his concept of control to look into all social structures. Jul 09, Ron Davison rated it it was amazing. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Either way, an interesting dive into some of the undergirdings of modern society.

It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists and historians of science and technology. Its role was to fill the gap between availability of numerous technological possibilities which have occurred by the industrial revolution that had taken place a century benige and the immature social infrastructure that blocked their realization.

Beniger — The Control Revolution

Alan rated it really liked it Jun 29, Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtlety and force of its argument.

These control mechanisms both relied upon This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes.

An account of the deveopment of contemporary technologies of information and communication as apparatus of control for complex and fast societies. Initially this control was in the form of bureaucracy, but after WWII it has shifted toward computer technology. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution.


Why did the Benjger Society seemingly occur so rapidly? Bought a second copy and marked it up too.

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

Matthew Roche rated it really liked it Aug 10, Maureen rated it it was ok Nov 30, The more startling insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance.

He defines three problems for 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. Tomas rated it liked it Dec 06, Aug 11, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: David Garber rated it really liked it Jul 13, Dec 21, Emily rated it it was amazing.

First, the rest of the world- this is a very America-centric story. These control mechanisms both relied upon and were necessitated by the explosive growth in the speed of movements and the mass of productivity unleashed by the Industrial Revolution. In fact, he shows us how we came to understand nature better through the rapid effects of our own technological creations.

The Control Revolution

Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic. No trivia or quizzes yet.