OPINION

Media circus?

Watching the «news» over the last few days, I decided to amuse myself by jotting down all the scientific theories and stances that formed the basis of speculation over the ongoing terrorism investigation. They include: Psychoanalysis: Alleged November 17 operative Angeliki Sotiropoulou, who witnessed her mother’s murder at the hands of her father at the age of 5, was an easy target for journalists who grasped the opportunity to speak of her permanent psychological scars using vague layman’s terminology. Literature: French writer Gerard de Villiers, spotted outside Korydallos Prison, has decided to write a book about N17 and was here to visit the group’s alleged leader, Alexandros Yotopoulos. Fashion: We were also updated on the latest fashion trends (a well-known designer remarked that Alicia Romero Cortes – girlfriend of confessed N17 operative Savvas Xeros – should be more stylish after living abroad and that Sotiropoulou bears a frightening resemblance to Yoko Ono!). Astrology: This also found fertile ground in which to sow its theories and offered its its insight into terrorists’ personalities. So terrorism has revealed itself as a quick introduction to the most contradictory systems of thought – from serious sciences to gossip. Or maybe these trends simply show that any theme is fair game for the media to popularize in efforts that will eventually create a circus of postmodern entertainment.