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. The Control Revolution. Week 10 Reading for Foundations of Computing and Communication. From: Beniger, James R. (). The Control Revolution. Harvard.

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Auto plant designed for processing. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. These control 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.

In the s we wanted flying cars and we got characters.

The Control Revolution

We have been shifting to services, mainly using economics and TV to create our increasingly individualized worlds part of the Great Sort. It is here he expands his concept of control to look into all social structures. Innovation in telecommunications the telegraph, postal reforms, and the telephone followed the movement of the crisis of control to distribution.

His cnotrol begins in the mids though he takes us back to the beginning of the universe to the reovlution. I only regret that I did not run across this work when I did my dissertation back in In fact Beniger would have it that the information had to accompany the industrial revolution for industrial tools made organizations more capable or powerful. The origins of the information age traced back through technology and behavior changes.

Steam engine travels faster than a human being. Yet, absent sufficient information, adequately structured and delivered, those organizations would not have been able to control that new capability and power Read it once and it changed the arc of my thinking and my professional career. With the industrial revolution, the production process was speeded, resulting in what he terms as “a crisis of control. Computers combined the two technologies, which drove both of them to new stages of development continuously.


Along the way he touches on many fascinating topics: Ken rated it it was ok Dec 05, Want to Read saving….

Steve rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Would you like to tell us about a lower price? 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?

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. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

Reading Beniger’s Control Revolution is a bit like reading Hans Moravec and others who see the world as an evolution of artificial intelligence.

It is beautifully done and is built to last Technology is the external intension of the natural process. Beniger traces the causes of change from the middle to late ninteenth century — to a crisis of control — generated by the industrial revolution in manufacturing and transportation. As we have seen, what began as a crisis of safety on the railroads in the early s hit distribution in the s, production in the late s, and marketing and the control of consumption in the early s.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. In particular, it appears that technical change has been slowing and is mainly focused on IT. I would consider it more as a tool for learning and research than an “absolute” thesis of any kind. Erie Railroad, first trunk line connecting East and West, begins operations in “utmost confusion,” misplaces cars for months. No study of technological innovation or economic history alone can possibly hope to answer this question, I argued in Part 1, no more than the history of organic evolution can explain the importance of information to all living things.


The Control Revolution

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

He shows that the answers to our questions concerning information society lie in physical existence, and that bureaucracy, and thus Technology, is a product of society, which is a product of our very emergence from inorganic dust.

The book is impressive not only for the breadth of its scholarship but also for the subtle force of its argument. Business travellers nourished on Tofflerian hype may have indigestion! Another explanation for the increasing importance of information in modern economies is suggested by the purposive nature of living systems. He gives sprawling, detailed accounts of innovations such as the steam engine, the railroad, and the telegraph and postal systems, yet he largely brushes contrkl the printing press.

An account of the deveopment of contemporary technologies of information and communication as apparatus of control for complex and fast societies. 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.

His anomie benige from a breakdown of communication across increasingly isolated sectors. The latter includes what computer scientists now call preprocessing, a complement to the control exercised by bureaucracy through information processing, increasingly using revoluion and microprocessors.

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