Other Countries

  • "One morning in June, Rio de Janeiro residents awoke to a beeping text message on their cell phones: “Press 4916 and vote for Christ. It’s free!” The same pitch had been popping up all over the city since late January?flashing across an electronic screen every time city-dwellers swiped their transit cards on city buses and echoing on TV infomercials that featured a reality-show celebrity posing next to the city’s trademark Christ the Redeemer statute. Another crusade by evangelical holy rollers? Hardly. It was just the latest offensive in a six-month campaign to elect Brazil’s most storied statue?whose outstretched arms and moonlike glow can be seen from any point in Rio?as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World." - <Brazil Pushes Christ Statue as World Wonder>, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Newsweek, July 9, 2007
  • " 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." - <Vote for Petra? Why not “Humeid’s Really New Seven Wonders of the World”?>, Ahmad Humeid, 360east, May 2007
  • "Online and telephone call-in voting on the finalists began a little over a year ago. Nothing prevented repeat voting by fans, citizens, governments, tourism agencies, you name it. (omitted) Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, referring to the enormous volcanic-rock carvings on Chile's remote Easter Island, said: "None of us need a vote to know that Easter Island is a marvel." Apathy and disdain apparently doomed Stonehenge, Britain's prehistoric collection of circularly arranged megaliths. "The polling arrangements" in the contest "are so flawed that they make even Eurovision Song Contest judges look objective," sniffed London's Independent newspaper. And in Rome, the campaign never caught fire. Calls last week to both the city government and the Culture Ministry could find no one who had even heard of the competition." - <The Seven Wonders of the World, 2.0>, Tracy Wilkinson, LA Times, July 8, 2007 
  • "Commenting on the poll, the SACH spokesman said since it was associated with commercial activities, the administration had little to say about it. (Omitted) Although the "New Seven Wonders of the World" aimed to promote global awareness of the preservation of historic sites, it drew criticism from the outset. Egyptian authorities described the campaign as purely commercial and lacking scientific standards, and insisted on removing the pyramids of Giza from the contest's list of candidate sites." - <Chinese official hopes new 7 wonders poll will protect Great Wall>, Editor: Lin Li, Xinhua, July 9, 2007
  • "No public reports exist of the company’s finances, but just consider the claim that 70 million votes have been cast worldwide. Even if New Seven Wonders isn’t getting a payoff for the international phone voting, sending an SMS text message to vote will cost you $1 in the United States, with similar fees elsewhere. You can vote for free online via registering, but why not spend $2 on an official certificate documenting the happy occasion?" - <The Seven Wonders of a Total Scam>, Elisa, Incognito Press, July 9, 200