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. Communication and the. Control Revolution. James R. Beniger. In , Henry Crowell invented breakfast. He did not, of course, pio neer the practice?which.

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Beniger — The Control Revolution

Now does that tell you anything? Modern bureaucracies with multiple departments.

From its origins in the last decades of the nineteenth century the Control Revolution has continued unabated to this day and in fact has accelerated recently with the development of microprocessing technologies. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Return to Book Page.

Apr 15, John added it Shelves: In short, why the new centrality of information? Week 10 Reading for Foundations of Computing and Communication. The various transformations these observers identify may now be seen to be subsumed by major implications of the Control Revolution: My second gateway book to sociology — the modern world is the response to a control crisis brought about by the Industrial Revolution.


Benige 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. David Garber rated it really liked it Jul 13, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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

Initially this control was in the form of bureaucracy, but after WWII it has shifted toward computer technology. Bureaucracy was the first big answer to this crisis of control and information. It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists and historians of science and technology. Alan Brenner rated it really liked it Jan 31, How may we come to understand revolutino past so that we may shape the future?

The Control Revolution

Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. As the crisis of control revolufion through the material economy, it inspired a continuing stream of innovations in control technology.

First, the rest of the world- this is a very America-centric story. Lab analysis for bwniger control. To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolutionplease sign up. Anna Maria rated it liked it Jul 21, Large chain of stores.

Trivia About The Control Revol 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. Revoltion are no discussion topics on this book yet.


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. Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, Either way, an interesting dive into some of the undergirdings of modern society. Transcontinental air mail, facsimile. 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 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? 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.