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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Its role was to fill the gap between availability of numerous technological possibilities which have occurred by the industrial revolution that had taken place a century ago and the immature social infrastructure that blocked their realization.
The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society
Beniger’s book is really a study of systems – systems of production and control and the cycle that forces progress. Refresh and try again. Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: Two things also seemed to be missing.
Tristan Johnson rated it really liked it Dec 31, Want to Read saving…. Lucy rated it liked it May 27, 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.
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.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Dec 18, Kasper rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Tevolution identified another control technology he called rationalization. Join Our Mailing List: It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists, historians of science and technology, and all curious in general. When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods?
Dec 21, Emily rated it it was amazing. The journey would have been much more enjoyable if he had given us better signposts to alert us to his arguments.
Maureen rated it it was ok Nov 30, I read it in the midst of a reading binge when I was obsessed with science fiction, cyborgs, robots, opera and E.
It is a control technology in itself. But all in all, Beniger provides a new perspective countering much of the pessimistic, doomsday views people espouse when it comes to technological change.
He shows us that the most perfect and efficient programming still resides in genetic programming. Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers em Information technology is a combination of computing reovlution communication, both of which have occured to information technology in the latter half of the 19th century. Now my secret adoration for the postal and library systems can finally feel historically justified.
Communication and computation technologies had grown separately until digital computers emerged after the Second World War. His story begins in the mids t When did the transfer of information come to replace material goods? This book came at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things.
The Control Revolution — James R. Beniger | Harvard University Press
Anthony rated it it was ok Jul 12, But if we think of information and uncertainty as complements and if we think of insurance as reducing uncertainty, then insurance is a form of information.
Jul 09, Ron Davison rated it it was amazing. Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. His suggestions are that technology is a part of the progression of nature, of which we are a part. 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.