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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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Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. 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

Bureaucracy was the first big answer to this crisis of control and information. He shows us that the most perfect and revolutioh programming still resides in genetic programming. Bought a second copy and marked it up too. It is here he expands his concept of control to look into all social structures.

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Stephen rated it really liked it Oct 05, No trivia or quizzes yet. These te mechanisms both relied upon and were necessitated by the explosive growth in the speed of movements and the mass of productivity unleashed by the Industrial Revolution. He even describes technology as a natural extension of man, extending functions such as respiration or memory. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Bought a third copy.

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Alan Brenner rated it really liked it Jan 31, He does remind us here of his original question, which is why and how this came to be. Alan rated it really liked it Jun 29, Initially contol control was in the form of bureaucracy, but after Revoluttion it has shifted toward computer technology. Now does that tell you anything?

Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society?

But such technologies are best seen not as causes but as consequences of societal jamee, as natural extensions of the Control Revolution already in progress. 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. His anomie resulted from a breakdown of communication across increasingly isolated sectors. And why is this change recent—or is it?

The origins of the information age traced back through technology and behavior changes. It will be welcomed by revklution, economists and historians of science and technology.

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Durkheim noted that as society moved from local tbe markets to higher levels organization, it brought with it a need for greater information flow, a growing integratedness of society. Want to Read saving….

Jan 27, Seneda rated it it was amazing. 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.

Anthony rated it it was ok Jul 12, Steve rated contrrol it was amazing Jun 02, He defines three problems for control: Lost that one in a fire along with home and office. Sep 12, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: In the first part of the book, Beniger takes us on a journey through societal transformations in control. Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we are a part.

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The Control Revolution

Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems conteol finally fee I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas. He illustrates that by responding to the increasing need for control in production, distribution and consumption, technological change is whittled by feedback and information processing.

An account of the deveopment of contemporary technologies of information and communication as apparatus of control for complex and fast societies. The more startling insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics.

He also makes barely any mention of religion. Two things also seemed to be missing. I read it in the midst of a reading binge when I was obsessed with science fiction, cyborgs, robots, opera and E.