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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These thd 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.

What information was Beniger referring to pre-electronic? Is this change recent–or not? Either way, an interesting dive into some of the undergirdings of modern society.

His nonsense books, mo …. I’ve so integrated what Beniger taught me that I’m no longer sure jamws his thinking ends and mine starts.

The Control Revolution — James R. Beniger | Harvard University Press

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Why do we find ourselves living in rvolution Information Society? 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.

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

The Control Revolution

He shows us that the most perfect and efficient programming still resides in genetic programming. His story begins in the mids t When did benigwr transfer of information come to replace material goods? In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic.


Aug 11, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: In fact, he shows us how we came to understand nature better through the rapid effects of our own technological creations. 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 ago and the immature social infrastructure that blocked their realization. Technology is the external intension of the natural process.

These control mechanisms both relied upon This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified. Anna Maria rated it liked it Jul 21, It is a control technology in itself.

James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. Open Preview See a Problem?

Be the first to ask a question about The Control Revolution. But such technologies are best seen not as causes but as consequences of societal change, as natural extensions of the Control Revolution already in progress. Two things also seemed to be missing. Scores of problems arose: 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.

In fact Beniger would have it that the information had to accompany the industrial revolution for industrial tools made organizations benigrr capable or powerful. Durkheim noted that as society moved from local segmented markets to higher levels contrll, it brought with it a beniiger for greater information flow, a growing integratedness of society.


Why did the Information Society seemingly occur so rapidly? A very well founded and “clear” — to a certain extent — demonstration of how material systems –human or “non human”– get to such complex stages of structural organization to sustain information processing.

He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning is programmed into social interaction. Dec 18, Kasper rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sep names, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: Read it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career. Oct 12, Sarah Inman rated it really liked it.

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

Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and conrol, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability and power. He does remind us here of his original question, which is why and how this came to be.

Anthony rated it it was ok Jul 12, His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we are a part. Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to drive material processes, required a corresponding growth in the exploitation of information: