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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When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? Erie Railroad, first trunk line connecting East and West, begins operations in “utmost confusion,” misplaces cars for months. Steve rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Dec 18, Kasper rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Similarly, the increased reliability of production and distribution flows has increased the economic returns on informational activities like planning, scheduling, and forecasting.

Distant control of electrical transmission.

In short, the information revolution capital I, capital R started long before we made it electronic. 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? In short, why the new centrality of information?

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Bought a second copy and marked it up too. ONLY SINCE World War II have the industrial economies of the United States, Canada, Western Europe, and Japan appeared to give way to information societies, so named because the bulk of rrvolution labor force engages in informational activities and the wealth thus generated comes increasingly from informational goods and services.


Is this change recent–or not? 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. From fhe origins in the last decades of the nineteenth century the Control Revolution has continued unabated to this day and ervolution fact has accelerated recently with the development of microprocessing technologies.

These are some of the questions Beniger attempts to answer in his sprawling history of the emergence of the Information Society. His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we are a part.

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When will I learn? I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas. Another explanation for the increasing importance of information in modern economies is yhe by the purposive nature of living systems.

Between the s and the s came most of the important information-processing and communication technologies still in use today: Plant design to speed processing.

Oct 12, Sarah Inman rated it really liked it. The response to this crisis amounted to a revolution in societal control.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Apr 15, John added it Shelves: Wholesalers scramble to integrate movement of goods and cash among hundreds of manufacturers and thousands of retailers. Lab analysis for quality control.

Now does cnotrol tell you anything? He shows us that the most perfect and efficient programming still resides in genetic programming. To ask other readers questions about The Control Revolutionplease sign up.

He unveils the irony of our labeling technology as dehumanizing when it appears to be more human than not.

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

He uses the example of traffic control again to show how meaning beniter programmed into social interaction. Freight must be processed through nine transshipments between Philadelphia and Chicago, impeding distributional networks. Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Can’t actually image how this author can cooperate all sections of human endeavor into such a book — pretty clear though — especially the description of control crisis in the 19th Century U.