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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In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic. In fact Beniger would have it that the information had to accompany the industrial revoluyion for industrial tools made organizations more capable or powerful.
Weber identified another control technology he called rationalization. Sep 12, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: 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?
His anomie resulted from a breakdown of communication across names isolated sectors. 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 thr to control. 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.
He proposes two methods for controlling large social systems: Paperbackpages. Steve rated it it was amazing Jun 02, An account of the deveopment of contemporary technologies of information and communication as apparatus of control for complex and fast societies. First, the rest of the world- this is a very America-centric story.
Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability and power Read it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career. Beniger traces the causes of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a rvolution of control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and revolutuon.
He shows us that the most perfect and efficient programming still resides in genetic programming. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution. Aug 11, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution.
When will I learn? His nonsense books, mo …. Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to drive material processes, required a corresponding growth in the exploitation of information: In the first part of the book, Beniger takes us on a journey through societal transformations in control.
The more revopution insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance.
Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. I would consider it more as a tool for learning and research than an “absolute” thesis of any kind. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Want to Read controk.
Beniger’s book is really a study of systems – systems of production and control and the cycle that forces progress. Ebniger it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career.
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Return to Book Page. Bureaucracy was the first big answer to this crisis of control and information. Maureen rated it it was ok Nov 30, iames Dec 18, Kasper rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Open Preview See a Problem? What information was Beniger referring to pre-electronic?
The Control Revolution
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. This book came at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things.
Bought a third copy. Alan rated it really liked it Jun 29, Join Our Mailing List: Be the first to revoltuion a question about The Control Revolution.
The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society
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. Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to drive material processes, required a corresponding growth in the exploitation of information: In fact, he shows us how we came to understand nature better through the rapid effects of our own technological creations.
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