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 unveils the irony of our labeling technology as dehumanizing when it appears to be more human than not. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss.

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It is here he expands his concept of control to look vontrol all social structures. His story begins in the mids t When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? Beniger’s book is really a study of systems – systems of production and control and the cycle that forces progress. David Garber rated it really liked it Jul 13, Matthew Roche rated it really liked it Aug 10, When will I learn?

Somehow this book seemed to answer so many of the questions that were driving my other reading. Anna Maria rated it liked it Jul 21, Jim rated it really liked it Jul 01, Weber identified another control technology he called rationalization.

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. What information was Beniger referring to pre-electronic? James Beniger revklution the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. Durkheim noted that as society moved from local segmented markets to higher levels organization, it brought with it a need for greater information flow, a growing integratedness of society.


Alan rated it really liked it Jun 29, Zane rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Dec 06, Rui Coelho rated it liked it. A practical example of a schedule and its importance in using new organizational capability were train schedules that enabled them to function first without running into one another and second, offering that capability to benige customers. I should have bought him his own copy as I would not have lost my extensive margin notes.

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Stephen rated it really liked it Oct 05, He also makes barely any mention of religion. Can’t actually image how this author can cooperate all sections of human endeavor into such a book — pretty clear though — especially the description of control crisis in the 19th Century U. Steve rated it it was amazing Jun jaes, Lucy rated it liked it May 27, Why did the Information Society seemingly yhe so rapidly?

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

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.

Be the first to ask a question about The Control Revolution. Ken rated it it was ok Dec 05, Want to Read saving…. Alan Brenner rated it really liked it Jan 31, His case studies are fascinating – he makes Quaker Oats seem exotic, and the origins of WalMart store layout seem Freudian.

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Refresh and try again. In fact, he shows us how we came to understand nature better through the rapid effects of our own technological creations. How did the collection, processing and communication of information come to play an increasingly important role in conrtol industrial countries relative to the roles of matter and energy?

Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: He shows us that the most perfect and efficient programming still resides in genetic programming.

Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally fee I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas.

But all in all, Beniger provides a new perspective countering much of the pessimistic, doomsday views people espouse when it comes to technological change. Kirsten rated it really liked it Oct 19, The response to this crisis amounted to a revolution in societal control.

Tomas rated it liked it Dec 06, His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we benigre a part. He does remind us here of his original question, which is why and how this came to be. In Chapter 3 Beniger will trace our evolution from inorganic dust to technological societies, and show that social existence is controlled existence.

It is revklution control technology in itself.