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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It is here he expands his concept of control to look into all social structures. 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 difficult to control.

Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, Beniger exhaustively surveys the industrial landscape, from materials processing to production to transport to distribution, digging up every kind of feedback mechanism from thermostats to cereal box-top contests and placing it in the context of an ongoing narrative of broadening and deepening control capacities.

Auto plant designed for processing. Weber identified another control technology he called rationalization. By means of rationalization it is possible to maintain a large-scale, complex social systems that would be overwhelmed by a rising tide of information they could not process were it necessary to goven by particularistic considerations of family and kin that characterize preindustrial societies.

Transcontinental air mail, facsimile. It really comes into its own — and develops a class of specialists in control and feedback mechanisms i. It is to these fundamental informational concepts, I believe, that we social scientists may hope to reduce our proliferating but still largely unsystematic knowledge of social structure and process.


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Because control depends on information and informational activities, these will enter the market, conyrol both goods and services, in direct relationship to an economy’s demand for control. Technology is the external intension of the natural process. How may we come to understand the past so that we may shape the future?

He illustrates that by responding to the increasing need for control in production, distribution and conyrol, technological change is whittled by feedback and information processing.

Beniger shows that more recent developments in microprocessors, computers, and telecommunications are only a smooth continuation of this Control Revolution. Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society?

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The origins of the information age traced back through technology and behavior changes. Lucy rated it liked it May 27, 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. Beniger’s book is really a study of conrol – systems of production and control and the cycle that forces progress.

Ken rated it it was cintrol Dec 05, The answer, as we have seen, is the Control Revolution, a complex. Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers emerged after the Second World War. 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.


I was surprised to find this almost entirely left out of his discussion on tradition to rationality. His story begins in the mids t When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods?

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

Alan Brenner rated it really liked it Jan 31, Steve rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Two things also seemed to be missing. Computers combined the two technologies, which drove both of them to new stages of development continuously.

Dec 21, Emily rated it it was amazing. Beniger traces the causes of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a crisis revoluution control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and transportation.

Read it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career. Railroad companies except the Pennsylvania delay building large systems because they lack means to control them. The world is about information processing and communication technology. 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 As we have seen, what began as a crisis of safety on the railroads in the early s hit distribution in revoolution s, production in the late s, and marketing and the control of consumption in the early s.