The Control Revolution Online is a student project website dedicated to late author James R. Beniger’s book entitled The Control Revolution: Technological and. Beniger, J. R. (). The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society,. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. The Control Revolution. Week 10 Reading for Foundations of Computing and Communication. From: Beniger, James R. (). The Control Revolution. Harvard.

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His case studies are fascinating – he makes Quaker Oats seem exotic, and the orig This book came at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things.

I only regret that I did not run across this work when I controo my dissertation back in Just as the Industrial Revolution marked an historical discontinuity in the ability to harness energy, the Control Revolution marks a similarly dramatic leap in our ability to exploit information. Ken rated it it was ok Dec 05, Now my secret adoration for the recolution and library systems can finally fee I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas.

Larry Owens rated it really liked it Feb 25, Beniger’s book will take its place alongside the bsniger or five books of the past twenty years which have most influenced our understanding of current changes, not just in the United States but the industrial world as a whole.

His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression beniyer nature, of which we are a part. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

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I have read a lot of material in the economic development, IT, and cybernetics areas and nothing else even comes close. Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society?


Week 10 Reading for Foundations of Computing and Communication. Please try again later. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society.

When will I learn? Hierarchical process control system. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. The reason being that the industrial revolution entailing mechanization, steam power, assembly line etc. To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolutionplease sign up.

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. As we saw in Chapter 7, three forces seem to sustain its development.

Somehow this book seemed to answer so many of the questions that were driving my conhrol reading.

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In short, why the new centrality of information? Zane rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Be the first to ask a question about The Control Revolution. Weber identified another control technology he called rationalization. Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Remarkable, in light of the Clark-Bell sequence discussed in Chapter 5, is the sharp periodization of the listing.

James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century.

Life itself implies purposive activity and hence control, as we found in Chapter 2, in national economies no less than in individual organisms. Oct 12, Sarah Inman rated it really liked it.

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

Programmed Visions Software Studies: Read more Read less. The Cold War and American Science: David Garber rated it really liked it Jul 13, I’ve so integrated what Beniger taught me that I’m no longer sure where his thinking ends and mine starts.

Either way, an interesting dive into some of the undergirdings of modern society. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. ONLY SINCE World War II have the industrial economies of the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Japan appeared to give way to information societies, so named because the bulk of their labor force engages in informational activities and the wealth thus generated comes increasingly from informational goods and services.


It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists and historians of science and technology. I should have bought him his own copy as I would not have lost my extensive margin notes. Most bureaucratic innovation arose in response to the crisis of control in the railroads; by the late s the large wholesale houses had fully exploited this form of control.

Until the last century these functions, even in the largest and most developed national economies, still were carried on at a human pace, with processing speeds enhanced only slightly by draft animals and wind and water power and with system control increased correspondingly by modest bureaucratic structures. Large wholesale houses, among the most differentiated organizational structures in the nineteenth century, find need to integrate a growing number of highly specialized operating units.

That might complicate the picture of a self-organized informational society some, and I guess Beniger prefered to stick with his vision. This is an excellent synthesis of great information from a number of different fields. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified. How may we come to understand the past so that we may shape the future?

So what is the moral? Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to drive material processes, required a corresponding growth in the exploitation of information:

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