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. Communication and the. Control Revolution. James R. Beniger. In , Henry Crowell invented breakfast. He did not, of course, pio neer the practice?which.
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Freight must be processed through nine transshipments between Philadelphia and Chicago, impeding distributional networks. In short, particular attention to the material aspects of information processing, communication, and control promises to make possible a synthesis of a large proportion of this literature on contemporary social change.
The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society
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? Railroad companies except the Pennsylvania delay building large systems because they lack means to control them.
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. Return revoluton Book Page.
The various transformations these observers identify may now be seen to be subsumed by benigeg implications of the Control Revolution: 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. By means of rationalization it is possible to maintain a large-scale, complex bniger systems that would be overwhelmed by a rising tide of information they could not process were it necessary to goven by particularistic considerations of family and kin that characterize preindustrial societies.
He even describes technology as a natural extension of man, extending functions such as respiration or memory. But all in all, Beniger provides a new perspective countering much of the pessimistic, doomsday views people espouse when it comes to technological change.
Beniger — The Control Revolution
First, the rest of the world- this is a very America-centric story. River Rouge processing architecture. Beniger’s book is really a study of systems – systems of production beniber control and the cycle that forces progress. It would make sense if the US was the center of the Control Revolution, but it would be good to get more of an explanation as to why.
The Control Revolution
Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises devolution th Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? Stephen rated it really liked it Oct 05, I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas.
The rise of the Information Society itself, more than even the parallel development of formal information theory, has exposed the centrality of information processing, communication, and control to all aspects of human society and social behavior. He shows that information processing, communication and control are ancient functions that exist in even the simplest living system; however, they did not surface as a concept until recolution rise of the Information Society.
When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? Tomas rated it liked it Dec 06, Lost that one in a fire along with home and office. His story begins in the mids t When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods?
These control mechanisms both relied upon benger were necessitated by the explosive growth in the speed of movements and the mass of productivity unleashed by the Industrial Revolution. It is to these fundamental informational concepts, I believe, that we social scientists may hope to reduce our proliferating but still largely unsystematic knowledge of social structure and process. ONLY SINCE World War Benier 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 fevolution thus generated comes increasingly from informational goods yhe services.
Economic activity might indeed depend on control, and control on information, but why do these relationships seem relatively so much more important now revolutiom a century ago? Our recent titles are available via Rhe. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Life itself implies purposive activity and hence control, as we found in Chapter 2, in national economies no less than in individual organisms.
A very well founded and “clear” — to a certain extent — demonstration bbeniger how material systems –human or “non human”– get to such complex stages of structural organization to sustain information processing. Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. The journey would have been much more enjoyable if he had given us better signposts to alert us to his arguments.
How may we come to understand the past so that we may shape the future? 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?
That might complicate the picture of a self-organized informational society some, and I guess Beniger prefered to stick with his vision. Similarly, microprocessing and computing technology, contrary to currently fashionable opinion, do not represent a new force only recently unleashed on an unprepared society but merely the most recent installment in the continuing development of the Control Revolution.