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Television broadcasting was introduced in Israel late, after years of debate over its likely effects. Opponents of the medium, led by David Ben-Gurion, thought that renascent Hebrew culture would be undermined by the introduction of foreign values, that the People of the Book would turn into the people of television, that ascetic and pioneering values would be uprooted by consumerism, that ideological politics would be displaced by personality politics. Those in favor of the introduction of television argued that the medium carried no intrinsic message, that it would do whatever it was told inform, educate, teach Hebrew, absorb immigrants, foster creativity, enfranchise marginal groups, show Israel's achievements to itself and to the world.
Date Posted: 06 April 2012