The new 7 wonders of the world...
Yesterday, the new 7 wonders of the world were announced here in Lisboa, Portugal.
In my opinion, the show was a miserable failure, contrary to what our prime-minister said in an interview at the end of the whole thing (yes, when, for some reason, Cristiano Ronaldo appeared more than anyone or anything else). They forgot to turn off the microphones several times, leaving the audience to hear their comments in the background, sound tests, swearing, etc. They were not well coordinated at all - I only saw the last 10 minutes live but I saw at least three sequences of images that shouldn't have been seen when they were (in the last one, the interviewer was even waving her arms at the camera in a sign of "turn it off! turn it off!").
But anyway, what really got me thinking was when I learned that Christ Redeemer was elected as one of the new 7 wonders of the world. WTF?!?!
First, the damn thing is only impressive because of the place it is on and the view one has from there. Second, it's only around 76 years old, not a few centuries. Third, what the hell is so special about a statue built with modern construction techniques?
What about Angkor Wat? What about the Easter Island Statues? What was wrong about Babylon's Hanging Gardens, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the statue of Zeus on Olympia, the temple of Artemis on Ephesus, the mausuleum at Halicarnassus, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria?
But more importantly: is this someting we should change? Isn't this part of our (human) History? What the hell was this all about, after all?
To quote Frivas on Slashdot, "This was just a big worldwide scam... hoy many millions do they got with the SMS?? how big is their email database now? I bet that these mails will get a lot more spam..."