I've heard of ridiculous games and votes, but I think there isn't a vote that went as far as The New Seven Wonders. I thought only I felt that way about that worldwide fraud, but thankfully I've read at El Mundo that someone else agrees with me.
The patriotism in the third world countries went too far in the votes, people voted in their own wonders and reunited against the wonders that were in the countries they disliked (as the EUA, France and Germany).
It's quite unfair if you really think about it. Brazil has about 118 million people with internet (the population is of 186.770.562) the number of Brazilians who use the internet is almost twice Germany population (about 58 million people), India 60 million people use the internet while in France the population is of 61 million people.
With the anti-Americanism going around the Globe, all countries that hate American voted against the Liberty Statue. America may have a huge population with internet access, but against Latin America, India and China they had no chance of putting their statue in the list.
And now, to think about how people's patriotism and hate towards other countries may affect the future of the fine works of art that weren't voted. The vote was organized by an ONG so they can send money to preserve the new seven wonders. I'm a Brazilian and I don't think we need money to preserve a stupid statue of Christ horribly sculpted in a rock. But I agree that Macchu Picchu needs it to be preserved. The Castle of Neuschwansten may not need money to stay with us in the next centuries, but its architecture is a model of fine art and elegance that influenced many generations of architects and promoted countless studies about its rich walls. If we count how much our modern world owe to this castle people would have voted in it for its importance.
How can Acropolis not have gotten in the list? Greece may need some help to preserve it. And Angkor in Cambodia? Who will help keep the stunning ornamented symbol of the Khmer empire when it’s in a country that barely feeds its population?
And let’s not forget The Kremlin in San Petersburg, the home of several generations of Czars that changed the world’s history.
What has the stupid Christ Redeemer done anyway?
Unfortunately those who voted may not even know what Seven Wonders of the World means. I bet they can’t even name two of them.
I just hope in some years true historians and artists will vote in the true New Seven Wonders. They will be fair because they know and they’ve studied the importance of each candidate for the title and not act like impulsive third world population who voted merely to not let those countries superior to them win.
And to teach people the truly Seven Wonders of the Ancient World I’ll list them down with a quick text gotten from the official website.
Great Pyramid of Giza
Built as the tomb of Fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Diodorus described multi-levelled gardens reaching 22 metres (75 feet) high, complete with machinery for circulating water. Large trees grew on the roof.
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis, it took 120 years to build. Herostratus burned it down in an attempt to achieve lasting fame.
Statue of Zeus at Olympia
Occupied the whole width of the aisle of the temple that was built to house it, and was 40 feet (12 meters) tall.
Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
Stood approximately 45 meters (135 feet) tall with each of the four sides adorned with sculptural reliefs. Origin of the word mausoleum.
Colossus of Rhodes
A giant statue of the Greek god Helios roughly 3/4ths as large as today's Statue of Liberty in New York.
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Between 115 and 135 meters (383 - 440 ft) tall it was among the tallest man-made structures on Earth for many centuries.