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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Now does that tell you anything? The origins of the information age traced back through technology and behavior changes.

Beniger — The Control Revolution

Matthew Roche rated it really liked it Aug 10, He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning is programmed into social interaction. Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and veniger crises of th Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? How may we bniger to understand the past so that we may shape the future? Technology is the external intension of the natural process.

James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. Made the mistake of lending it enthusiastically to a colleague. He gives sprawling, detailed accounts of innovations such as the steam engine, the railroad, and the telegraph and postal systems, yet he largely brushes past the printing press.


Paperbackpages. He unveils the irony of our labeling technology as dehumanizing when it appears to be more human than not. The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtlety and force of its argument.

Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society.

In Chapter 3 Beniger will trace our evolution from inorganic dust to technological societies, and show that social existence is controlled existence. In fact, he shows us how we came to understand nature better through the rapid effects of our own technological creations. What information was Beniger referring to pre-electronic? Beniger traces the causes of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a crisis of control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and transportation.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But all in all, Beniger provides a new perspective countering much of the pessimistic, doomsday views people espouse when it comes to technological change. Oct 12, Sarah Inman rated it really liked it. Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: In the United States, 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.


Oct 24, Hai rated it liked it. It really comes into its own — and develops a class of specialists in control and feedback mechanisms i.

The Control Revolution

Either way, an interesting dive into some of the undergirdings of modern society. The more startling insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance. Is this change recent–or not? Beniger shows that more hte developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution. Anthony rated it it was ok Jul 12, Bought a third copy. It is a control technology in itself. Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, Larry Owens rated it really liked it Feb 25, Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests.

To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolutionplease sign up. Beniger is hard to follow at times as he does not do a very clean job of organizing his arguments.

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