Control Revolution / Edition 1

Control Revolution / Edition 1

by James R. Beniger
     
 

Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. In the U.S., applications of steam power in the early 1800s brought a dramatic rise in the speed, volume, and complexity of industrial processes, making them difficult to control. Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to… See more details below

Overview

Beniger traces the origin of the Information Society to major economic and business crises of the past century. In the U.S., applications of steam power in the early 1800s brought a dramatic rise in the speed, volume, and complexity of industrial processes, making them difficult to control. Inevitably the Industrial Revolution, with its ballooning use of energy to drive material processes, required a corresponding growth in the exploitation of information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674169869
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/15/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
510
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

James R. Beniger was Associate Professor at the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

PART I: Living Systems, Technology, and the Evolution of Control

2. Programming and Control: The Essential Life Process

3. Evolution of Control: Culture and Society

PART II: Industrialization, Processing Speed, and the Crisis of control

4. From tradition to rationally: Distributing Control

5. Toward Industrialization: Controlling Energy and Speed

6. Industrial Revolution and the Crisis of Control

PART III: Toward an Information Society: From Control Crisis to Control Revolution

7. Revolution in Control of Mass Production and Distribution

8. Revolution in Control of Mass Consumption

9. Revolution in Generalized Control: Data Processing and Bureaucracy

10. Conclusions: Control as Engine of the Information Society

References

Index

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