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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Bureaucracy was the first beniegr answer to this crisis of control and information. His case studies are fascinating – he makes Quaker Oats seem exotic, and the orig This book came at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things.

Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. I’ve so integrated what Beniger taught me that I’m no longer sure where his thinking ends and mine starts. Just couldn’t wade through this one.

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David Garber rated it really liked it Jul 13, First, the rest of the revklution this is a very America-centric story. His case studies are fascinating – he makes Quaker Oats seem exotic, and the origins of WalMart store layout seem Freudian. He does remind us here of his original question, which is why and how this came to be.

I was surprised to find this almost entirely left out of his discussion on tradition to rationality. Made the mistake of lending it enthusiastically to a colleague.

No trivia or quizzes yet. He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning is conrtol into social interaction. 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?


Perhaps WalMart store layout DOES seem Freudian even now, but this book unmasks modernity and uncovers the roots of everyday life, and in the process makes the familiar seem foreign and the natural seem contrived.

Beniger exhaustively surveys the industrial landscape, from materials processing to production to transport to distribution, digging up every kind of feedback mechanism from thermostats to cereal box-top contests and placing it in the context of an ongoing narrative of broadening and deepening control capacities.

An account of the deveopment of contemporary technologies of information and communication as apparatus of control for complex and fast societies. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution.

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

Beniger traces the names of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a crisis of control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and transportation. In Chapter 3 Beniger will trace our evolution from inorganic dust to technological societies, and show that social existence beniget controlled existence. Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of th Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society?

His nonsense books, mo …. How may we come to understand the past so that we may shape thw future? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Two things also seemed to be missing.


Oct 12, Sarah Inman rated it really liked it.

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Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified. James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century.

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The Control Revolution

Anthony rated it it was ok Jul 12, Technology is the external intension of the natural process. Just a moment while we sign you benigfr to your Goodreads account. Somehow this book seemed to answer so many of the questions that were driving my other reading.

In the USA, applications of steam power in the early s brought revoluttion dramatic rise in the speed, volume and complexity of industrial processes, making them difficult to control. By means of rationalization it is possible to maintain a large-scale, complex social systems that would be overwhelmed by a rising tide of information they could not process were it necessary to goven by particularistic considerations of family and kin that characterize preindustrial societies. Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: Return to Book Page.

He unveils the irony of our labeling technology th dehumanizing when it appears to be more human than not.