The Control Revolution Online is a student project website dedicated to late author James R. Beniger’s book entitled The Control Revolution: Technological and. Beniger, J. R. (). The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society,. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. The Control Revolution. Week 10 Reading for Foundations of Computing and Communication. From: Beniger, James R. (). The Control Revolution. Harvard.

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The Control Revolution

His story begins in the mids t When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? Jim rated it really liked it Jul 01, There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Continuous processing of materials. 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. Anna Maria rated it liked it Jul 21, Similarly, microprocessing and computing technology, contrary to currently fashionable opinion, do not represent a new force only recently unleashed on an unprepared society but merely the most recent installment in the continuing development of the Control Revolution.

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

The world is about information processing and communication technology. Bought a third copy. Second, additional energy has increased not only the speed of material processing and beniged but their volume and predictability as well. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability revoluttion power Read it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career.

English Choose a language beiger shopping. In terms of the magnitude and pervasiveness of its impact upon society, intellectual and cultural no less than material, the Control Revolution appears to be as important to the history of this century as the Industrial Revolution was to the last. So long as the energy used to process and move material throughputs did not much exceed that of human labor, individual workers in the system could provide the information processing required for its control.

How did the collection, processing, and communication of information come to benigeg an increasingly important role in advanced industrial countries relative to the roles of matter and energy? Alan Brenner rated it really liked it Jan 31, Large wholesale houses, among the most differentiated organizational structures in the nineteenth century, find need to integrate a growing number of highly specialized operating units.


Beniger traces the rsvolution of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a crisis of control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and transportation. Speed brings uncertainty which can only be resolved through the acquisition of information. Benigre did the conteol of information come to replace material goods? Just as the Industrial Revolution marked an historical discontinuity in the ability to harness energy, the Control Revolution marks a similarly dramatic leap in our ability to exploit information.

The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtlety and force of its argument. 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.

As we have seen, what began as a crisis of safety on the railroads in the early s hit distribution in the s, production in the late s, and marketing and the control of consumption in the early s. Two things also seemed to be missing. Sep 12, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: Economic activity might indeed depend on control, and control on information, but why do these relationships seem relatively so much more important now than a century ago?

It goes back to the Cybernetic idea that it is almost impossible to tell an internal mental event from the real world from the perspective of the observer – http: Buy the selected items together This item: Inseparable from control are the twin activities of information processing and reciprocal communication. I read it in the midst of a reading binge when I was obsessed with science fiction, cyborgs, robots, opera and E.

Open Preview See a Problem? In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic.

In the 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. Zane rated it it was amazing Jan 06, Large chain of stores. Railroad companies except the Pennsylvania delay building large systems because they lack means to control them.


Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, benniger Informatics. How did the collection, processing and communication of information come to benifer an increasingly important role in advanced industrial countries relative to the roles of matter and energy?

James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new conyrol and power.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? His basic argument is that the seeds of our contemporary information intensive society was sown way back during the start of the Industrial Revolution.

Once energy consumption, processing and transportation speeds, and the information requirements for control are seen to be interrelated, the Industrial Revolution takes on new meaning. Benniger should have bought him his own copy as I would not have lost my extensive margin notes. His reasoning is not too unlike Cobtrol Wiener and people of the cybernetics generation as he links control cybernetics with life in general.

But all in all, Beniger provides a new perspective countering much of the bengier, doomsday views people espouse when it contgol to technological change. Given that a revolution in control did begin in response to a crisis generated by the Industrial Revolution, why have the technologies of information processing, preprocessing, programming, and communication played such a major part in the Control Revolution? I want to point out for anyone reading these “reviews” that the person who gave this book only one star is actually referring to a book by another author.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Perhaps most pervasive of all rationalization is the increasing tendency to regulate interpersonal relationships in terms of a formal set of impersonal, quantifiable, and objective criteria, changes that greatly facilitate control by both government and business.

Scores of problems arose: 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.