The Internet is nothing new. It has been happening for 10 years. Finally, now, the wave is cresting on the general computer user. And I love it. I think the den is far more interesting than the living room. Putting the Internet into people’s houses is going to be really what the information superhighway is all about, not digital convergence in the set-top box. All that’s going to do is put the video rental stores out of business and save me a trip to rent my movie. I’m not very excited about that. I’m not excited about home shopping. I’m very excited about having the Internet in my den.
Steve Jobs, 1994
When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.
Steve Jobs, 1996.
I think the web is going to be profound in what it does to our society. As you know, 15% of the goods and services in the US are sold through catalog and television. All that is going to go on the web and more. Billions and billions, soon tens of billions worth of goods and services will be sold on the web. A way to think about it is that it’s the
The majority of the people in this country wants to turn on the television and turn off their brain.
The most corrosive piece of technology that I’ve ever seen is called television, but then, again, television, at its best, is magnificent.
Steve Jobs, 2003
Our personal belief is that while there’s an opportunity to apply software to the living room, the merging of the computer and the TV isn’t going to happen. They’re really different things. So yes, you want to share some information [between the two], but people who are planning to put computers into the living room, like they are today, I’m not sure they’re going to have a big success.
Steve Jobs, 2004
You go to your TV when you want to turn your brain off. You go to your computer when you want to turn your brain on. Those are not the same.
Steve Jobs, 1998.