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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Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications cobtrol only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified. Apr 15, John added it Shelves: Just couldn’t wade through this one. Dec 06, Rui Coelho rated it liked it.

The world is about information processing and communication technology. But such technologies are benigeg seen not as causes but as consequences of societal change, as natural extensions of the Control Revolution already in progress.

His nonsense books, mo …. Larry Owens rated it really liked it Feb 25, 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.


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

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. Durkheim noted that as society moved from local segmented markets to confrol levels organization, it brought with it a need for greater information flow, a growing integratedness of society.

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Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers emerged after the Second World War. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. Technology is the external intension of the natural process.

I should have bought him his own copy as I would not have lost my extensive margin notes. Ken rated it it was ok Dec 05, 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.

The Control Revolution

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. Dec 21, Emily rated it it was amazing. Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Beniger traces the causes of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a crisis of control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and transportation. Initially this control was in the form of bureaucracy, but after WWII it has shifted toward computer technology.

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. First, the rest of the world- this is a very America-centric story. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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