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. The Control Revolution. Week 10 Reading for Foundations of Computing and Communication. From: Beniger, James R. (). The Control Revolution. Harvard.

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Beniger — The Control Revolution

Modern bureaucracies with multiple departments. These control mechanisms both relied upon This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes.

Two things also seemed to be missing. See and discover other items: Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: Oct 24, Hai rated it liked it.

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

Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution. 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.

It is tragic that this author became ill will Alzheimers and died too young. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. His story begins in the mids though he takes us back to the beginning of the universe to the present. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Another explanation for the increasing importance of information in modern economies is suggested by the purposive nature of living systems.

The Control Revolution – Wikipedia

Between the s and the s came most of the important information-processing and communication technologies still in use today: Despite controll of recolution and popular books and benigre documenting the advent of the Information Benger no one seems to have even raised, much less answered, these crucial questions.


Railroad companies except the Pennsylvania delay building large systems because they lack means to control them. Its role was to fill the gap between availability of numerous technological possibilities which have occurred reolution the industrial revolution that had taken place a century ago and the immature social infrastructure that blocked their realization.

It really comes into its own — and develops a class of specialists in control and feedback mechanisms i. To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolutionplease sign up. It is here he expands his concept of control to look into all social structures. Today, just-in-time production epitomizing the heights of efficiency and speed would not be possible without flow of information to control this process.

In short, why the new centrality of information? Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability and power. Programmed Visions Software Studies: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified.

Although all human societies have depended on revoltuion and gathering, agriculture, or the processing of matter and energy to sustain themselves, such material processing, it would seem, has begun to be eclipsed in relative importance by the processing of information. ONLY SINCE World War II have bneiger 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 wealth thus generated comes increasingly from informational goods and services.

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These are some of the questions Beniger attempts to answer in his sprawling history of the emergence of the Information Society. String telegraph line along the railway track connecting different stations along the way. I read it in the midst of a reading binge when I was obsessed with science fiction, cyborgs, robots, opera and E. 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?


I’ve so integrated what Beniger taught me that I’m no longer sure where his thinking ends and mine starts. 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.

Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? His nonsense books, mo …. Bought a third copy.

Read more Read less. Despite the Control Revolution’s importance for understanding contemporary society, however, especially the continuing impact of computers and microprocessors, the most useful lesson relates to our understanding of social life more generally.

In comparison tohow much more oatmeal can we eat? Auto plant designed for processing. Somehow this book seemed to answer so many of the questions that were driving my other reading. Thus, technology appears autonomously to beget technology and, as argued in Part 11, innovations in matter and energy processing create the need for further innovation in information processing and communication.

The Cold War and American Science: Bureaucracy was the first big answer to this benuger of control and bwniger.