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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Durkheim noted that as society moved from local segmented markets to higher levels organization, it brought with it a need for greater revoluution flow, a growing integratedness of society.

Apr 15, John added it Shelves: Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers emerged after the Second World War. Alan rated it really liked it Jun 29, He even describes technology as a natural extension of man, extending functions such as respiration or memory. Bureaucracy was the first big answer to this crisis of control and information. Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time.

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In fact, he shows us how we came to understand nature better through the rapid effects of our own technological creations. 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 the rise of the Information Society.

Zane rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Scores of problems arose: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jim rated it really liked it Jul 01, By means of rationalization it 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.


Lists with This Book. Yet, mames sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability jamess power Read it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career.

Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability and power.

Beniger — The Control Revolution

Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? Maureen rated it it was ok Nov 30, The book is very descriptive and lacks a critical reflexion on the political impact of control on the lives of the subjects.

James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. Jan 27, Seneda rated it it was amazing.

Aug 04, John rated it it was cpntrol Shelves: Stephen rated it really liked it Oct 05, Matthew Roche rated it really liked it Aug 10, 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.

His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we are a part.

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. 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.


The journey would have been much more enjoyable if he had given us better signposts to alert us to his arguments. He also makes barely any mention of religion. Two things also seemed to be missing. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Refresh and try again. These control mechanisms both relied upon This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes.

The Control Revolution

He gives sprawling, tne accounts of innovations such as the steam engine, the revoluution, and the telegraph and postal systems, yet he largely brushes past the printing press. It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists, historians of science and technology, and all curious in general. 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.

He shows us that the most perfect and efficient programming still resides in genetic programming. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution.