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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Another explanation for the increasing importance of information in modern economies is suggested by the purposive nature of living systems. 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.

Such questions of timing become easier to answer if 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. 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?

Kirsten rated it really liked it Oct 19, String telegraph line along the railway track connecting different stations along the way. See and discover other items: His nonsense books, mo ….

Beniger’s book is really a study of systems – systems of production and control and the cycle that forces progress. Each new technological innovation extends the processes that sustain human social life, thereby increasing the need for control and for improved control technology.

Continuous processing of materials. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I’ve so integrated what Beniger taught me that I’m no longer sure where his thinking ends and mine starts.

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Beniger — The Control Revolution

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Along with these innovations came virtually all of the basic mass communications technologies still in use a century later: Similarly, most of the important listings for distribution come beforenearly all of those for production and consumption come after this date major innovations in generalized control appear more sporadically throughout the period.

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Two things also seemed to be missing. Trivia About The Control Revol Can’t actually image how this author can cooperate all sections of human endeavor into such a book cojtrol pretty clear though — especially the description of control crisis in the 19th Century U.

Bought a third copy.

It is a control technology in itself. Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers em Information technology is a combination of computing and communication, both of which have occured to information technology in the latter half of the 19th century. The journey would have been much more enjoyable if he had given us better signposts to alert us to his arguments. 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: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. 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.

Economic explantations of society is insufficient, Beniger says, the best way to understand society is through stages of control crisis and control revolution.

Revopution book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtlety and force of its argument. Weber identified another control technology he called rationalization. Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution.

There cintrol no discussion topics on this book yet. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Among the many things that human beings value, how did information, embracing both goods and services, come to dominate the world’s largest and most advanced economies?

This gevolution why so many of the components of computer control have been anticipated, both by visionaries like Charles Babbage and by practical innovators like Daniel McCallum, since the first signs of a control crisis in the early nineteenth century.

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. It will ensue when men systematically use scientific procedures for the control of human relationships and the direction of the social effects of our vast technological machinery Lab analysis for quality control.


Rail mills adopting Bessemer process struggle to control increased speeds of steel production Large wholesalers and retailers like department stores confront need to maintain high rates of stock turn. Railroad companies except the Pennsylvania delay building large systems because they lack means to control them. 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.

Stephen rated it really liked it Oct 05, Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. In the first part of the book, Beniger takes us on a journey through societal transformations in control. Jul 09, Ron Davison rated it it was amazing. Nobody to my knowledge, saving perhaps only Alfred Chandler, has done a better job of explaining the evolution of administrative systems or the linkages between that evolution and the advances in information technology occuring in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

While some of his explanations are a bit murky and some of his linkages a bit half-baked, this a brilliant book. A very well founded and “clear” — to a certain extent — demonstration of how material systems –human or “non human”– get to such complex stages of structural organization to sustain information processing.

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

His case studies are fascinating – he makes Quaker Oats seem exotic, and the origins of Revolutin store layout seem Freudian. It is even more tragic that no one else have been able to fill his shoes and carry on this research. His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we are a part.

Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society.