OK. Before I start another debate of national or even global proportions on patriotism, culture, heritage etc etc, let me say I’m cool with anyone who wants to vote for Petra as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Go ahead and vote..
My goodness, this vote for Petra issue really stirred up some debate! I’ve been too busy at work for the past few months and have not been following up on the local blogosphere. But just look at the 35 comments that Khalida’s post about the subject generated. Even the P word was used (Patriotic) and the J word (I am more Jordanian than you).
Some months ago, I heard that this New Seven Wonders of the World was a commercial enterprise. It’s clearly not the UNSECO doing this, right?
Today I checked out the official NSWW site and also read the Wikipedia entry on the matter. Now I know: vote for Petra (or whatever other wonder you like) and make a certain Mr. Bernard Weber of Switzerland some money (maybe a lot of money if you consider the frenzy this contest has created).
The whole thing is a pretty clever business idea. And despite the presence of a former UNESCO head in Mr. Webers organization and their pledge to use half of the proceeds for heritage oriented work, the for-profit nature of this vote just leaves a bit of bad taste in my mouth.
Then again, aren’t the FIFA World Cup and even the Olympics commercial enterprises?
But you can’t but admire the cleverness of the idea. Human beings just LOVE contests. Throw in national pride and some evocative monuments. Announce the New Seven Wonders on 7.7.’07. The result: a global PR success.
How else can you explain that I was asked to vote for Petra with my McDonalds meal the other day.
And now there is also an official song by a UK band called The Dolmen:
We’ve built on the land
With blood, sweat and tears
Long after we’re gone
They will still be here
Stars of our life standing strong
New 7 Wonders of the WorldWonders of Man
New 7 Wonders of the World
So all this talk of seven wonders got me thinking. Why not start another contest. So here and now I announce to you:
Humeid’s Really New Seven Wonders of the World (HRNSWW)
Let me start with one of my favourite quotes, by Winston Churchill:
“The empires of the future are the empires of the mind”
The Really New Wonders of the world are not monuments of stone..
They are the inventions that define our life today.
I am not a former UNESCO employee. Nor do I have an official song for my contest (but I accept your submissions in MP3 format). I also do not intend to make any money from this contest (yet donations are welcome).
But here I announce the 14 nominations for the Humeid’s Really New Seven Wonders of the World:
let the games begin..
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