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 shows that the answers to our questions concerning information society lie in physical existence, and that bureaucracy, and thus Technology, is a product of society, which is a product of our very emergence from inorganic dust.

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The Control Revolution

The more startling insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance. These are some of the questions Beniger attempts to answer in his sprawling history of the emergence of the Tje Society.

When will I learn? Apr 15, John added it Shelves: He also makes barely any mention of religion. Ken rated it it was ok Dec 05, Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability and power Read it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career.

Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a benigsr continuation of this Control Revolution. His anomie resulted from a breakdown of communication across increasingly isolated sectors.


Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of th Why do we find ourselves living jmes an Information Society? Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers em 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. It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists and historians of science and technology.

Zane rated it it was amazing Jan 06, David Garber rated it really liked it Jul 13, Want to Read saving…. Bought a second copy and marked it up too. 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. Paperbackpages. By means of rationalization benigrr is possible to maintain a large-scale, complex social 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.

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. Bought a third copy. Made revolutiin mistake of lending it enthusiastically to a colleague. 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? Weber identified another control technology he called rationalization. An account of the deveopment of contemporary technologies of information and communication as apparatus of control for complex and fast societies.


I should have bought him his own copy as I would not have lost my extensive margin notes. Lists with This Book. In fact, he shows us how we came to understand nature better through the rapid effects of our own technological creations.

The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtle force of its argument. But such technologies are best seen not as causes but as consequences of societal change, as natural extensions rrvolution the Control Revolution already in progress.

Lost that one in a fire along with home and office. Oct 12, Sarah Inman rated it really liked it.

Beniger — The Control Revolution

Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, 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.

I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas. Computers combined the two technologies, which drove both of them to new stages of development continuously.