World Wonders 2.0: The New Seven Wonders of the World
July 10, 2007
Since I’ve been a little light on travel-related stuff lately – too much web 2.0/new media related stuff that I just felt compelled to discuss, let’s talk about the New Seven Wonders of the World. On a related note, does their voting system (you can register and vote online, by text message, or by phone) remind anyone else of American Idol?
The New Wonders:
- The Great Wall of China
- Petra in Jordan
- Christ Redeemer in Brazil
- Machu Picchu in Peru
- Chichen Itza in Mexico
- The Roman Colosseum in Italy
- The Taj Mahal in India
I find the personalization of the selection process very interesting. Of course, choosing the seven world wonders is a subjective thing anyways (who can really determine what someone else thinks is the most wondrous wonder?), but this sort of makes me think of the whole web 2.0 phenomenon (yes, I can relate everything back to that).
First of all, the wonders are chosen democratically – the winners were the ones favored by the people who had the ability and chose to participate in the vote. Same thing with highly ranked websites and blogs. Second, people and nations campaigned to their favorite picked (SEO and general promotion). Third, well, this is technically the second list of world wonders, thus actually making these seven wonders the 2.0 version.
Now, I haven’t personally seen any of these wonders (although I’m not arguing with the choices) and since these are the 7 Wonders 2.0, part of the fun is being able to join the conversation and pick your own – in no particular order, here are my seven manmade wonders:
- Neuschwanstein in Bavaria. A true fairy tale castle.
- The Eiffel Tower in Paris – but only when it is lit up at night.
- La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona – even unfinished, this is a creation of epic proportions.
- The Chicago skyline – some of the most amazing architecture on the planet.
- The Sevilla Cathedral, or the Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede – it is an amazing testament to the dedication and skill of its builders.
- The Alhambra in Granada – it is exquisite, especially if you can get there (read: sneak in) before the tourist hordes.
- Fes el Bali in Fez – one of the oldest medinas and urban centers in the world.
What are your wonders 2.0?