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Flooded with offliners and emails to vote for the Taj Mahal as one of the New 7 wonders, I finally decided to check the n7w out.
Here are some interesting points to ponder …
Why would an organization like New Seven Wonders of the World have affiliate sales on their website ? Any blogger who has done affiliate sales would know the % of commission earned per sale. Imagine the commission for a Tour package half way around the globe.
Also, there is a Merchandise Section where we can buy overpriced Tees , Pins etc [well they are LIMITED EDITION and OFFICIAL /:)]
Now, here is what Wikipedia says about n7w (I bet they made this page themselves)
“The New Seven Wonders of the World is a proposed revision of the Seven Wonders of the World, organized by a Swiss-based, for-profit corporation called New Open World Corporation (NOWC). The selection is being made by free and paid votes, through telephone or online. The first vote is free to registered members and additional votes may be purchased through a payment to NOWC. In addition to the sale of votes, NOWC relies on private donations, the sale of merchandise such as shirts and cups, and revenue from selling broadcasting rights.”
That’s right ! You can BUY votes.. Who cares of the monuments in developing countries ? Just buy votes for your favorite monument! (and make us richer)
Oh for crying out loud ! I mean, seriously.. Is this how we ought to select the New Seven Wonders of the world ?
So, what is this whole thing anyway ?
The ‘History‘ section says “Swiss businessman Bernard Weber launched the project in September 1999. By November 24, 2005, 177 monuments were up for consideration.”
If you ask me, this man is great at his game..He did a world tour, made a huge hype, got media attention and now, The New 7 Wonders is one of the most talked about subject on the blogosphere.
He succeeded in making his little trip so famous that The New 7 Wonders of the World will be announced during the Official Declaration ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday, July 7, 2007 – 07.07.07.
The international show, which will include award-presentation appearances by Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Bipasha Basu, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neil Armstrong and Bertrand Piccard, and also will feature performances by Chaka Khan, Jennifer Lopez, Jose Carreras, Alessandro Safina, Joaquín Cortés, and Dulce Pontes, among others.
And there we have it.. The Seven wonders of the WORLD is to be decided by him. [ I say ‘him’ since I have a feeling the voting isnt fair. Come on ! I’ve been getting messages to vote for the Taj for over a month now. I dont think any Indian would just ignore that ! And inspite of all that AND considering the population of India, Taj isnt in the top seven ! Ironic, isnt it ? ]
Finally, lets say that The Statue of Liberty and the Taj Mahal did not make it to the n7w. Does it change anything ? How long would the ‘new’ 7 wonders stay as the Seven wonders of the world ? Maybe till another news takes up frontpage.. Does this mean Textbooks would be rewritten with the n7w instead of the Seven wonders of the world and would our children be studying the names of the n7w in place of the Seven wonders ?