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 rise of the Information Society itself, more than even the parallel development of formal information theory, has exposed the centrality of information processing, communication, and control to all aspects of human society and social behavior. Freight must be processed through nine transshipments between Philadelphia and Chicago, impeding distributional networks. See all 9 reviews. 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.

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

In the United States, applications of conrrol power in the early s brought a dramatic rise in the speed, volume, and complexity of industrial processes, making them difficult to control.

An account of the deveopment of contemporary technologies of information and communication as apparatus of control for complex and fast societies. Share your thoughts with other customers. Don’t have a Kindle?

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Business travellers nourished on Tofflerian hype may have indigestion! Such questions of timing become easier to answer cntrol we consider, as we did in Chapter 5, that national economies constitute concrete open processing systems engaged in the continuous extraction, reorganization, and distribution of environmental inputs to final consumption. His story begins in the mids though he takes us back to the beginning of the universe to the present. 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.


Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Although all human societies have depended on hunting and gathering, agriculture, or rrvolution processing of matter and energy to sustain themselves, such material processing, it would seem, has begun to be eclipsed in relative importance by the processing of information.

I have read a lot of material in the economic development, IT, and cybernetics areas and nothing else even comes close.

Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: He also makes barely any mention of religion. It is to these fundamental informational concepts, I believe, that we social scientists may hope to reduce revolugion proliferating but still largely unsystematic knowledge of social structure and process.

The Control Revolution

Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers emerged after the Second World War. These include the rise of a new information class Djilas ; Gouldnera meritocracy of information workers Youngpostcapitalist society Dahrendorfa global village based on new mass media and telecommunications McLuhanthe new industrial state of increasing corporate control Galbraitha scientific-technological revolution Richta ; Daglish ; Prague Academya technetronic era Brzezinskipostindustrial society Touraine ; Bellan information economy Poratand the micro millennium Evans The answer, as we have seen, is the Control Revolution, a complex [p] of rapid changes in the technological and economic arrangements by which information is collected, stored, processed, and communicated and through which formal or programmed decisions can effect societal control.

Initially this control was in the form of bureaucracy, but after WWII it has shifted toward computer technology. The two authors have books with similar titles. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun. Inseparable from control are the twin activities of information processing and reciprocal communication. Control as Engine of the Information Society.

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. Tomas rated it liked it Dec 06, Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The great scientific revolution is still to come. ONLY SINCE World War II have the industrial economies of the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Japan appeared to give way to information societies, so named because the bulk of their labor force engages in informational activities and the wealth thus generated comes increasingly from informational goods and services.


Most bureaucratic innovation arose in response to the crisis of control in the railroads; by the late s the large wholesale houses had fully exploited this form of control.

The Control Revolution

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Computers combined the two technologies, which drove both of them to new stages of development continuously.

This is an excellent synthesis of great information from a number of different fields.

The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtlety benigef force of its argument. Just couldn’t wade through this one. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Set up a giveaway. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

In the first part of the book, Beniger takes us on a journey through societal transformations in control. Why did the Information Society seemingly occur so rapidly? We have been shifting to services, mainly using economics and TV to create our increasingly cntrol worlds part of the Great Sort.