Media turned IKA chief’s death into a soap opera

When a person died in an ancient Greek tragedy, his or her soul could only rest if the burial rite was properly observed. In 21st century Greece, we have no moral laws, but we do have bad television, and a ratings war. The recent tragic death of the chairman of the Social Security Foundation (IKA) was reported on television as a cheap soap opera, with all the stereotypical roles: An unfaithful femme fatale who used her sex appeal to get what she wanted; a cuckolded husband who became a crazed murderer; and his wife’s powerful lover, who, in the end, was punished. Against this backdrop, a whole parade of disrespectful «experts» on every subject under the sun abused the memory of a human being and upset the lives of people in two families. From the February 25 issue of K.