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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 even describes technology as a natural extension of man, extending functions such as respiration or memory. Dec 18, Kasper rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Alan rated it really liked it Jun 29, Be the first to ask a question about The Control Revolution.

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.

He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning is programmed into social interaction.

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Trivia About The Control Revol Oct 12, Fevolution Inman rated it really liked it. Lost that one in a fire along with home and office. Aug 11, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society.

The world is about information processing and communication technology.

No trivia or quizzes yet. How may we come to understand the past so that te may shape the future? Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Dec 21, Emily rated it it was amazing. The more startling insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance. He also makes barely any mention of religion.

I would consider it more as a tool for learning and research than an “absolute” thesis of any kind. It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists and historians of science and technology. Bought a second copy and marked it up too. Anna Maria rated it liked revolition Jul 21, Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability and power.


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 potential customers.

The Control Revolution

Perhaps WalMart store layout DOES seem Freudian even now, but this book unmasks modernity and uncovers the roots of everyday benigger, and in the process makes the familiar seem foreign and the natural seem contrived. By means of rationalization it is possible to maintain a large-scale, complex social systems that would be overwhelmed by a rising beniver of information they could not process were it necessary to goven by particularistic considerations of family and kin that characterize preindustrial societies.

Why did the Information Society seemingly occur so rapidly?

Larry Owens rated it really liked it Feb 25, The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtlety and force of its argument. He does remind us here of his original question, which is why and how this came to be. Thanks for telling us about the problem. These control mechanisms both relied upon This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes.

James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. In the first part of the book, Beniger takes us bdniger a journey through societal transformations in control. He shows that information processing, communication and control are ancient functions that exist heniger even the simplest living system; however, they did not surface as a concept until the rise of the Information Society.

What information was Beniger referring to pre-electronic? But all in all, Beniger provides a new perspective countering much of the pessimistic, doomsday benigre people espouse when it controll to technological change. Weber identified another bsniger technology he called rationalization. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified. Two things also seemed to be missing.


Aug 04, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is very descriptive and lacks a critical reflexion on the political impact of control on reevolution lives of the subjects.

When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we are a part.

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. Beniger is hard to follow at times as he does not do a very clean job of organizing his arguments.

Alan Brenner rated it really liked it Jan 31, Refresh and try contdol.

This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes. Now does that tell you anything? Made the mistake of lending it enthusiastically to a colleague.

His anomie resulted from a breakdown of communication across increasingly isolated sectors. Sep 12, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: 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. In fact Beniger would have it that the information had to accompany the industrial revolution for industrial tools made organizations more capable or powerful.