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Jul 06, 2007

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Suhrud Bapat

Online voting means that kids, teenagers and young adults who know more about an I-Pod that they do about Goethe, Mahler or Cleopatra have voted in large numbers.

As such, I see these seven wonders as symbolic of childish, amateurish enthusiasm coupled with regionalistic pride on behalf of the kiddish online voters and not based on any cultural or historical knowledge of merit.

I am surprised at most of the wonders that have come through.

I'm not even sure there is any sense in picking seven archaelogical wonders out of all the wonders of the modern world.

Ridiculous!

Heida

Hi Suhrud,

Thanks for your comment and I can entirely appreciate your note that the voting wasn't done in an accurate way, and can hardly represent all the beautiful places around the world. In that I think all will agree with you.

However, I don't think anyone had that goal in mind here. This was an opportunity to bring visibility to some beautiful places and get people excited about them - and I say 'All the better!' if the eyes were those of kids, teenagers and young adults. Anything that brings their attention to these treasures is a wonderful plus!

Cheers!

Heida

Paul

Is this a joke? I read some of the FAQs and read they want $2.00 to print out a certificate that you have voted. Then they tell you you can frame it and hang it in your office. I'm on the net everyday reading news. Today was the first time I have seen this, and of course the polls are closed. But I live in the USA - could that have something to do with it? Come on, tell me this is a big hoax..

Paul

Never mind, I just researched this and see that it was given great coverage by the networks news here in the states. Anchor person Katie Couric suggested that Chinese resturants that delivered be on the voting list.

How sad is that. I vote for Chicken Lo Mein

Anthony

I agree with Suhrud. People that are voting today are voting on what they can still see today. They have no sense of history. I mean im 25 yrs old but I LOVE history. I do not see how these so called "new" wonders can compare to the REAL 7 wonders of the world. All I can say is that the 7 Wonders of the World should have stopped with the original 7 Wonders of the World. I cannot believe that an online poll tried to decide the 7 new wonders. I dont consider the list that they put out as wonders of the world. I mean you have the Great Pyramids that didint even make the list. How are those not wonders of the world? Even to this day, experts cannot figure out how the ancients built those pyramids. I am so glad that UNESCO did not condone this online voting. To me those original 7 Wonders of the World made it their without any "online" voting. They made it there on their own because of the magnificance of themselves. I mean the original 7 consisted of real marvels: A giant statute made to the god Zues, an ancient lighthouse that spanned to 440 feet back before they had cranes that they used today, you have the Hanging Gardens that people today would be in awe of. I mean the original 7 are the only ones out there that make people think of how they built those marvels back then. I for one still keep the original 7 Wonders the real 7 Wonders in my book.

Anthony

I agree with Suhrud. People that are voting today are voting on what they can still see today. They have no sense of history. I mean im 25 yrs old but I LOVE history. I do not see how these so called "new" wonders can compare to the REAL 7 wonders of the world. All I can say is that the 7 Wonders of the World should have stopped with the original 7 Wonders of the World. I cannot believe that an online poll tried to decide the 7 new wonders. I dont consider the list that they put out as wonders of the world. I mean you have the Great Pyramids that didint even make the list. How are those not wonders of the world? Even to this day, experts cannot figure out how the ancients built those pyramids. I am so glad that UNESCO did not condone this online voting. To me those original 7 Wonders of the World made it their without any "online" voting. They made it there on their own because of the magnificance of themselves. I mean the original 7 consisted of real marvels: A giant statute made to the god Zues, an ancient lighthouse that spanned to 440 feet back before they had cranes that they used today, you have the Hanging Gardens that people today would be in awe of. I mean the original 7 are the only ones out there that make people think of how they built those marvels back then. I for one still keep the original 7 Wonders the real 7 Wonders in my book.

Suhrud Bapat

I see your point, Heida. The scale of this global effort and the remarkable manner in which it was conducted must be appreciated by everyone, including its critics. That the news networks across the world have given the coverage they have given, is a testimony to its international acknowledgment. This exercise has certainly brought about greater awareness of these treasures among modern youth, for many of whom, history is anything over a week old! In any case, the voice of the many has for once been heard in an area so long considered the domain of a limited group of experts, and that too, on a global scale unprecedented in human history.

The issue which remains an irritant for some people is that these seven have been accredited with being the 'seven wonders of the world' by a lot of people, many of whom, one can reasonably assume, cannot claim to have the necessary competence to do so, and besides, many of whom can vote any number of times they want to. The contest should perhaps have been more appropriately titled, "The seven most popular monuments of the world".

It is not inconceivable, given the success of this vote, that we might soon be witnessing another online vote, this time for the greatest works of world literature, or perhaps the seven most influential philosophers of the world, or the seven greatest paintings or sculptures in the world. If they do organize one, it will certainly increase global cultural awareness, but it would be better for them to rename the contest in a way that clearly reflects the populist basis for its results.

Suhrud Bapat

I see your point, Heida. The scale of this global effort and the remarkable manner in which it was conducted must be appreciated by everyone, including its critics. That the news networks across the world have given the coverage they have given, is a testimony to its international acknowledgment. This exercise has certainly brought about greater awareness of these treasures among modern youth, for many of whom, history is anything over a week old! In any case, the voice of the many has for once been heard in an area so long considered the domain of a limited group of experts, and that too, on a global scale unprecedented in human history.

The issue which remains an irritant for some people is that these seven have been accredited with being the 'seven wonders of the world' by a lot of people, many of whom, one can reasonably assume, cannot claim to have the necessary competence to do so, and besides, many of whom can vote any number of times they want to. The contest should perhaps have been more appropriately titled, "The seven most popular monuments of the world".

It is not inconceivable, given the success of this vote, that we might soon be witnessing another online vote, this time for the greatest works of world literature, or perhaps the seven most influential philosophers of the world, or the seven greatest paintings or sculptures in the world. If they do organize one, it will certainly increase global cultural awareness, but it would be better for them to rename the contest in a way that clearly reflects the populist basis for its results.

Heida

Thanks for your comment, Suhrud, and I absolutely agree!

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