Mixed legacy

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ALEXIS PAPACHELAS

busi­ness en­tan­gle­ment that oc­ca­sion­ally spun out of con­trol. That said, it would be an il­lu­sion to be­lieve that Lam­brakis of the 1980s or 1990s would play a hege­monic role to­day. To­day’s land­scape is rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent. It is an­ar­chic, mul­ti­po­lar and re­ally much rougher. The days when a lead­ing pub­lisher or big shot could just pick up the phone and get things done are over. I have of­ten won­dered if Lam­brakis knew ex­actly what was go­ing on around him. It’s hard to know if his pe­cu­liarly naive stance vis-a-vis the world was gen­uine or an os­ten­ta­tious de­nial of re­al­ity. Few peo­ple knew the an­swer, and most of them are now dead. More strik­ing is the fact that he left ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing his legacy, up in the air. DOL, the media gi­ant he cre­ated, is not the only one hav­ing prob­lems to­day. Sim­i­lar prob­lems are dog­ging the Athens Con­cert Hall, fami­arly known as the Me­garon, which thanks to the tol­er­a­tion and sup­port from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum turned into a pharaonic and now-en­dan­gered project. One can­not be sure if his dis­re­gard was a re­sult of nar­cis­sism – the idea that many charis­matic peo­ple have, that with­out them there can only be chaos. These lines are writ­ten as a fin-de-siecle feel­ing is tak­ing over the sector. If you spend a mo­ment to­mor­row morn­ing to check a web­site host­ing the front pages of Greek news­pa­pers, you will re­al­ize how much is re­ally at stake. There is a strong tone of deca­dence, and, re­gard­less of one’s po­lit­i­cal views, a healthy media is key to a coun­try’s well-be­ing. The healthy parts of this tra­di­tion con­tinue, even if that means in a dif­fer­ent ver­sion, and far from the sins of the past. The world needs some­thing to off­set the tsunami of ex­trem­ism, ab­sur­dity and cheap­ness.

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