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Post Bitter Truth about Voting for New Seven Wonders of the World    Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:23 am

The New Seven Wonders of the World is a proposed alternation of the Seven Wonders of the World, coordianted 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.
The New Seven Wonders of the World is a proposed alternation of the Seven Wonders of the World, coordianted 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.

The project was launched by Swiss businessman Bernard Weber in September 1999. By November 24, 2005, 177 monuments were up for consideration. To be included on the new list, the wonders had to be man-made, completed before 2000, and in an "acceptable" state of preservation. On January 1, 2006, the NOWC said the list had been narrowed to 21 sites, later reduced to 20 following complaints from Egypt. They are currently in a voting phase.
In addition to free votes, votes can be bought from NOWC by any individual, organization or government. As explained in its Terms and Conditions, NOWC "reserves the right at its absolute discretion to exclude votes" that are cast. The final list is planned to be announced on July 7, 2007, or 07.07.07, in Lisbon, Portugal, in the Estádio da Luz, Benfica's stadium.
This project is also being criticized in some other parts of the world. Some in Egypt see it as competition to the status of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the only surviving monument of the original Ancient Wonders. The project is "absurd" and its creator, Weber is basically concerned primarily with self-promotion. If we see the whole process then in addition to the commercial aspect, the vote has no scientific basis. It is also not being carried out by a organization which is globally accepted and non-profit based. The whole process if looked deeply is totally commercialized. Also, the governing body is not recognized by UNESCO which is a world wide accepted organization.
The motto is clear: Make easy money by hurting sentiments of the common people.

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