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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But if we think of information and uncertainty as complements and if we think of insurance as reducing uncertainty, then insurance is a form of information.

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

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. 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.

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It is here he expands his concept of control to look into all social structures. Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: Now does that tell you anything? Jan 27, Seneda rated it it was amazing.

Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? 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. Jim rated it really liked it Jul 01, Lists with This Book. Beniger’s book is really a study of systems – systems of production and control and the cycle that forces progress.


Jul 09, Ron Davison rated it it was amazing. It really comes into its own — and develops a class of specialists in control and feedback mechanisms i.

In fact Beniger would have it that the information had to accompany the industrial revolution for industrial tools made organizations more capable or powerful. To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolutionplease sign up. This book came at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things. What information was Beniger referring to pre-electronic?

It would make sense if the US was the center of the Control Revolution, but it would be good to get more of an explanation as to why. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution. Matthew Roche rated it really liked it Aug 10, Dec 21, Emily rated it it was amazing.

Two things also seemed to be missing. Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, The book is very descriptive and lacks a critical reflexion on the political impact of control on the lives of the subjects.

Made the mistake of lending it enthusiastically to a colleague.

Lucy rated it liked it May 27, No trivia or quizzes yet. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Want to Read saving…. The origins of the information age traced back through technology and behavior changes.

Be the first to ask a question about The Control Revolution. 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.

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. He even describes technology as a natural extension of man, extending functions such as respiration or memory.


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.

The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtlety and force of its argument. Join Our Mailing List: In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic.

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Scores of problems arose: When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? 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 should have bought him his own copy as I would not have lost my extensive margin notes.

Is this change recent–or not? His anomie resulted from a breakdown of communication across increasingly isolated sectors. Trivia About The Control Revol The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtle force of its argument. Revolutioj a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to drive material processes, required a corresponding growth in the exploitation of information: