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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Gevolution traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters beniter to your interests.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He defines three problems for control: The various transformations these observers identify may now be seen to be subsumed by major implications of the Control Revolution: Centralized, departmental corporate organization.

Why do we find ourselves living in an Information Society? Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society.

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James Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. The more startling insights or new perspectives for me were schedules and insurance. Sep 12, Daniel marked it as to-read Shelves: The origins of the information age traced back through technology and behavior changes.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Thus, technology appears autonomously to beget technology and, as argued in Part 11, innovations in matter and energy processing create the need for further innovation in information processing and communication. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Bought a third copy. Steam engine travels faster than a human being. Lists with This Book. It will be welcomed by sociologists, economists and historians of science and technology. In the United States, applications of steam power in the early s brought a dramatic rise in the speed, volume, and complexity of industrial processes, making rvolution difficult to bbeniger. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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

I think I was in dire need for a book like this, seeing how much it helped me in the understanding of certain ideas. It goes back to the Cybernetic idea that it is almost impossible to tell an internal mental event from the real world from the rrevolution of the observer – http: These control mechanisms both relied upon This is a history of the technologies and techniques of controlling industrial processes.

Tomas rated it liked it Dec 06, I only regret that I did not run across this work when I did my dissertation back in Rail mills adopting Bessemer process struggle to control increased speeds of steel production.

In Chapter 3 Beniger will trace our evolution from inorganic dust to revoltion societies, and show that social existence is controlled existence. His case studies are fascinating – he makes Quaker Oats seem exotic, and the orig This book came at the right time and changed my thinking about so many things.

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Life itself implies purposive activity and hence control, as we found revolutuon Chapter 2, in national economies no less than in individual organisms. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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Two things also seemed to be missing. Although all human societies have depended beniget hunting and gathering, agriculture, or the processing of matter and energy to sustain themselves, such material processing, it would seem, has begun to be eclipsed in relative importance by the processing of information.

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How did the collection, processing and communication of information come to play an increasingly important role in advanced industrial countries relative to the roles of matter and energy?

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Get to Know Us. The Information Society has not resulted from recent changes, as we have seen, but rather from increases in the speed of material processing and of flows through the material economy that began more than a century ago. Week 10 Reading for Foundations of Computing and Communication.

Weber identified another control technology he called rationalization.