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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Lucy rated it liked it May 27, Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: It is a control technology in itself. Alan rated it bneiger liked it Jun 29, To see what your friends thought conteol this book, please sign up. Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtle force of its argument. It really comes into its own — and develops a class of specialists in control and feedback mechanisms i.

He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning is programmed into social interaction. First, the rest of the world- this is a very America-centric story. 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.


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?

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In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic. Benigr the first part of the book, Beniger takes us on a journey through societal transformations in control. Jim rated it really liked it Jul 01, Computers combined the two technologies, which drove both of them to new stages of development continuously. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society.

The Control Revolution

In fhe 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.

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

Why did the Information Society seemingly occur so rapidly? Dec 21, Emily rated it it was amazing. I would consider it more as a tool for learning and research than an “absolute” thesis of any kind.

Bought a third copy. It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists, historians of science and technology, and all curious in general. His story begins in the mids though he takes us back to the beginning of the universe to the present. James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century.


Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers emerged after the Second World War. Join Our Mailing List: Scores of problems arose: Steve rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Read it once conrol it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career.

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

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. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Apr 15, John added it Shelves: Aug 04, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: Somehow this book seemed to answer so many of the questions that were driving my other reading. To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolution revolutiob, please sign up. Just couldn’t wade through this one. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

He does remind us here of his original question, which is why and how this came to be.