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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Want to Read saving…. Lucy rated it liked it May 27, This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes.

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Freight must be processed through nine transshipments between Philadelphia and Chicago, impeding distributional networks. 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?


The Control Revolution

Material culture has also been crucial throughout human history, and yet capital did not begin to displace land as an economic base until the Industrial Revolution. The book is very descriptive and lacks a critical reflexion on the political impact of control on the lives of the subjects.

Inseparable from control are the twin activities of information processing and reciprocal communication. But such technologies are best seen not as causes but as consequences of societal change, as natural extensions of the Control Revolution already in progress.

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Maureen rated it it was ok Nov 30, He controk that by responding to the increasing need for control in production, distribution and consumption, technological change is whittled by feedback and information processing.

He also makes barely any mention of religion. Anthony rated it it was ok Jul 12, The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics.

Larry Owens rated it really liked cintrol Feb 25, Jan 27, Seneda rated it it was amazing. Innovation in telecommunications the telegraph, postal reforms, and the telephone followed the movement of the crisis of control to distribution. 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.

Rail mills adopting Bessemer process revo,ution to control increased speeds of steel production Large wholesalers and retailers like department stores confront need to maintain high rates of stock turn. 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.

He unveils the irony of our labeling technology as dehumanizing when it appears to be more human than not. In fact Beniger would have it that the information had to accompany the industrial revolution brniger industrial tools made organizations more capable or powerful.

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

Control as Engine of the Information Society. Aug 11, Peter rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.


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.

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.

He thhe three problems for control: Beniger’s book is really a study of systems – benige of production and control and the cycle that forces progress.

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In Chapter 3 Beniger will trace our evolution from inorganic dust to technological societies, and show that social existence is controlled existence. James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. In short, particular attention to the material aspects of information processing, communication, and control promises to make possible a synthesis of a large proportion of this literature on contemporary social change.

To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolutionplease sign up. The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtle force of its argument.