- FAQ 1: Why bother in New7Wonders problem?
New7Wonders is a scam because of vanity, the ego utilizing all of us to reap the benefits. This is not much different from the Who’s Who scam or diploma mill where the victim hand over some money for certain attributes, such as an academic degree or a person of the year, despite the fact that these institutions have no credibility or accreditation to give the title. Practically no one else who thought the title or attribute it as something important.
New7Wonders too, they are only a small Swiss company, not organizations or institutions formed international multilateral cooperation among countries.
The difference, adding spice New7Wonders of competition with other contestants, in order to touch all of us a sense of nationalism. In addition, the New7Wonders is a vanity scam on an international scale whose victims are no longer individuals, but nations are sovereign.
In the contest of 2007, the New7Wonders website contains links and logo of UNESCO. Concerned about the impact of the skimming of this name, UNESCO later clarified that they do not have nothing to do with the New7Wonders.
- FAQ 2: Ah, it’s not different with Indonesian Idol or such other events.
Of course there are similarities between the New7Wonders and Indonesian Idol, for example, both are using the SMS medium to choose. And of course there are objections that can be addressed to both. For example, both use the popular criteria to determine the winner, rather than objective criteria. Sanjaya Malakar is controversial can go into the 7th round of American Idol with a mediocre ability. Statue of Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro can earn the title of ‘wonders of the world’, even though objectively, other monuments such as the Prambanan Temple, the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Liberty is more entitled to that title.
But of course there are differences between the Indonesian Idol and the New7Wonders. In short: New7Wonders of Indonesian Idol winner is determined from the amount of money paid contestants to the committee. Quality objective was not important, the important amount of money. Contestants do not know how much money given to the committee the other contestants. And if the contestant loses, the money that had been deposited is not refundable.
Stakeholders Indonesian Idol is a participant itself. At the New7Wonders, though participants are the Komodo National Park, its stakeholders are all of us as people of Indonesia.
Indonesian Idol get revenue from third parties who get entertainment from the event. The committee then submitted a portion of revenue to the contestants, in the form of salaries, training, accommodation, or other. All contestants get a benefit, including the losing contestants in early rounds though.
New7Wonders of deposit earning itself contestants who came from a paid election platform. New7Wonders practically did not issue any fee for contestants. Even the marketing costs borne by each contestant. The cost to the contestant who lost voting paid through the platform can not be returned. For all contestants, the New7Wonders contest is negative-sum game.
- FAQ 3: Ah, the hell of fraud? I’m only out for a cent of money to vote anyway, or even not at all out of money.
Voters are only issued Rp.1, or even do not spend any money. But the real cost is greater than that.
First, there are sponsors who subsidize the costs so that the electorate be that low. Because the local committee must pay a license to the New7Wonders, and they certainly will not accept Rupiah, then there will be a waste of our foreign exchange. Thus, the true value to be paid via SMS voters are much higher than the $ 1 or $ 0.
Secondly, as a result of this contest, there will be those who obtain the phone number data base of tens of millions of people of Indonesia. This is very valuable information, may be far more valuable than the license fee to the New7Wonders.
Third, the mastermind of this scheme still benefit if we voted, especially through media such as premium SMS.
But it’s good if we look further than just the value of money is lost due to this scheme: New7Wonders contest is insulting our intelligence all. Because in practice, this is just a contest ‘contest the amount of deposit’.
- FAQ 4: Basics of Indonesia, problems like this just fuss! Instead of supporting but dropped!
My attitude and my friends is a concern to Indonesia, not vice versa. We do not like nationalism comrades exploited for their interests.
And not only Indonesia, in other countries there are many people who disturbed them and to educate as I do for this.
Our friends from Korea who feel disturbed by the campaign to make the website Justice4Jeju7 Jeju. They also create a site that contains No7Wonders about New7Wonders issues in various countries. Comrades from Vietnam to make the writing on a forum about scam New7Wonders of this writing has reached more than 60 pages. Red Hunt Travel, a blog set up our friends from Canada also talks about the controversy New7Wonders.
And much more. Search Google “scam New7Wonders” many find the same thing.
- FAQ 5: When Komodo wins, then tourism could rise.
The analysis that I do from the data of seven winners of the New7Wonders tourism industry in 2007 did not show any growth in tourism from the appointment of the seven wonders of the world monuments such as the new ones.
All research is often cited by the New7Wonders also was not done with the right methodology and have the initial assumptions are wrong.
Our friends from Korea also made a thorough analysis of ‘independent research’ that is often quoted by unscrupulous New7Wonders.
In contrast, growth in tourist arrivals to Indonesia in 2007-2008 was higher than the six state winners New7Wonders 2007. Instead of getting an award, Budpar just get criticized for breaking ties with the New7Wonders!
In addition to contestants crowned as winners, the New7Wonders practically doing nothing. The whole marketing costs are borne entirely by each contestant. And marketing of course can be done without any New7Wonders.
New7Wonders website is not a sites visited by many Internet users, so it will not affect much on marketing.
- FAQ 6: But after the Komodo elected to the finalists, increased tourism in Komodo.
This is a logic error post hoc ergo propter hoc. If event B happened after event A, not necessarily B happens because A. A and B could have been caused by a factor of C (spurious relationship).
In this case, the factor C is marketing the government to promote the Park. It is this factor which causes the Komodo elected as finalists; while increasing tourism in Komodo National Park. Without having to be nominated for New7Wonders any, tourism can be increased.
- FAQ 7: Basic traitor! Basic is not nationalist!
The majority of the people who send an SMS to 9818 are in quadrant 2. And most of the people of Indonesia are in this quadrant. My writings have been aiming to move the fellow countrymen and compatriots from quadrant 2 to quadrant 1. Choose not to participate send an SMS select Komodo certainly can not be called ‘un-nationalistic’.
New7Wonders Bernard Weber and other elements must be in quadrant 4. My little heart is still his hope that no citizen of our country who are members of these four quadrants.
- FAQ 8: I already know, but may I vote we go on Komodo ™
My experience in observing vanity scam such as a diploma mill or the Who’s Who scam, there are those who still insist that this is not a fraud, although it has been told the truth. They remain proud of the exhibit placards ‘Man of the Year’ is obtained at a price of $ 200 from an institution that does not clear its origin, for example.
In Indonesia, it could be not a few who like it. People with similar properties are probably going to have the same properties in the New7Wonders contest.
The second explanation, there are people who would become very defensive after being told that he was deceived. This is the result of the choice-supportive bias.
Surely nothing can hinder anyone to send SMS select Komodo. What can I and my friends do is give the real information.
- FAQ 9: Other countries that have become winners proud of their achievement. Why are we not?
Is it true? When I was collecting data on tourism countries New7Wonders winner in 2007, none of the official tourism Web site of these countries that displays attributes of the New7Wonders on a large scale.
If you do not believe, please see the official website of the tourism board of the countries India, Jordan, Peru, PRC, Italy, Brazil and Mexico.
- FAQ 10: The people involved in the New7Wonders are people who I know has high integrity. So it is not possible New7Wonders is a fraud or scam.
It is a mistake to think the argument from authority or argumentum ad verecundiam: just because X is the people we know with integrity, then the utterance X we consider to be the truth. Of course this is wrong. If Einstein says 1 +1 = 3, it does not mean it’s true just because Einstein said so.
Nevertheless, we certainly can not conclude that the Indonesian people involved in the New7Wonders no integrity and has a wicked agenda. It is not possible they belong to quadrant 2 above (see FAQ No. 7 above). Or they fall into quadrant 1 but it was already bound by contract or commitment that they must return.
Reportedly, Jusuf Kalla, it only takes five minutes to accept the offer to become ambassador of Komodo. Within five minutes, of course not possible for him to be able to do a thorough analysis of the New7Wonders of this scheme.
Charges of vanity I addressed only to the scammer Bernard Weber, the New Open World Corporation and the New7Wonders Foundation, rather than to its affiliates in Indonesia. I understand if these elements New7Wonders glance looks very legitimate and not a few people who actually integrity, but caught up and trust them.
- FAQ 11: The contest is advertised on national television, supported by mobile operators and other large companies. So maybe not this twit.
Just like FAQ 10, this is a mistake to think the argument from authority or argumentum ad verecundiam. Conclusions could not be taken simply because the New7Wonders contest ads aired on national television and is supported by mobile operators.
- FAQ 12: The government has spent a lot of money to win the Komodo National Park, why stop halfway?
Funds that have been issued by the government to the New7Wonders is a registration fee of $ 200. In addition the government also issued a fee for marketing. The cost of the latter is of course in addition to an effect on the vote in the New7Wonders of Komodo, also affected the increase in tourism in Komodo.
Thus, the cost is really missing is a registration fee of $ 200 ($ 200 silver, instead of $ 200 thousand or even $ 200 million). While the cost of marketing will be converted to increase the tourism industry in Komodo National Park.
- FAQ 13: At least there is pride in Komodo National Park can be entered as 7 wonders of the world. And this applies to forever.
How many of us remember that in the year 2008-2009 out of the head of anyone who is a winner of the New7Wonders contest 2007?
It was not many of us who remember. It could be even aware of this contest was not. If so, besides us, whether the later many strangers who know the list of winners of the New7Wonders contest this year? I personally very much doubt it.
This is not much different from the attribute Person of the year obtained a price of $ 200 from institutions that are not obvious origin: besides our own, practically no one else cares about these attributes.
- FAQ 14: In 2007, the declaration of the winner New7Wonders held in Lisbon, Portugal are magnificent and covered international news network. This could be the event for promotion.
That was then. This year will not have any events New7Wonders declaration of the winner. After a tumultuous in Indonesia and the Maldives, it seems they could not find another country willing to pay the expensive fees that they demand to host this event.
Instead, the New7Wonders would allow countries to make the winners ‘ceremony conferring’ own in their respective countries. Of course with each charge.
- FAQ 15: But I heard New7Wonders cooperate with the UN.
It is true that the website United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) contains a page about the cooperation between the UN and the New7Wonders. Page created on July 8, 2007-one day after the peak of the New7Wonders of 2007 – was used as a foundation New7Wonders New7Wonders of credibility over the years.
Because it is unclear as to what and how forms of cooperation, then our friends from Korea to ask directly to UNOP. Answer from UNOP surprising: UNOP not have agreements with the New7Wonders, and that page is part of the old web site UNOP. If we access the web site UNOP from the front yard, then we will not find the existence of New7Wonders there.
Toil friends from Korea can be read in this PDF file: New7Wonders Foundation, Currently Not in Partnership with the UN Office for Partnerships.
Perhaps as a result of the threat of legal action from friends from Korea, the New7Wonders then revise the pages interesting questions and answers. What had been said “it is working with the United Nations”, to “never cooperated with the United Nations”. But what form of cooperation that has been done remains a mystery.
Korean news site OhmyNews interviews with New7Wonders and try to ask what forms of cooperation and the UN had done New7Wonders. But then again, representatives New7Wonders can not give a satisfactory answer.
With a situation like this, the only ‘cooperation’ between what we know is that the New7Wonders UNOP and Amir Dossal UNOP Director attended the event peak New7Wonders July 7, 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal.
- FAQ 16: If not us, then who else want to support the Komodo National Park?
My writing does not aim to stop the support to the Komodo National Park. That was not her goal. In contrast, full support should we give to keep the Park as a vehicle for conservation as well as a tourist attraction.
At issue here is simply to support the Park through the New7Wonders contest.
Do not get too stuck on the supposition that we equate “not
support TMK through New7Wonders” with “no support TMK”.
- FAQ 17: There must be a positive thing that caused the New7Wonders contest: tourists visiting, social welfare increases, increased concern for the Komodo, etc. emerging economies. Is not it all a positive thing?
For the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume things that are positive is a result of the New7Wonders (but see FAQ 6 above).
If A causes B and B is a positive thing, then A is not necessarily a positive thing. For demonstration, replace A by “Gaius corruption” and B with the “improvement of taxation system”. It was all agreed that A is negative and B is a positive thing.
Now replace A with the “New7Wonders contest” and B with the “public welfare increased”. It was all agreed that if B is positive (although a causal relationship remains to be questioned, see FAQ 6 above), but only because B is a positive thing, can not conclude that A is a positive thing too. A positive or not remains to be evaluated independently.
This is a mistake to think appeal to Consequences. Known in English there is a saying “the end result does not justify the means”.
What we should do is increase the tourism industry and conservation in Komodo Nasinal Park “in a good way”, not “anything will be done from the goal is reached”.
- FAQ 18: The leaders of other countries are supporting the contest, why do not we?
Perhaps they do not know how the problem. Perhaps they knew, but wanted to use the event to boost their popularity.
This again is an argument from authority. The reality is that New7Wonders is a vanity scam despite what is said of these figures. If those leaders ‘get well’, what we will also ‘go well’?
Fortunately, the leader of our country (and also the Maldives) to find out irregularities New7Wonders contest is much faster than other countries due to chaotic events and government New7Wonders peak between Indonesia and the Maldives. If none of these cases, I think our country will suffer the same fate with other nations.
- FAQ 19: He said New7Wonders will distribute its profits for the purposes of conservation of the winners of this contest. Why do not we support this effort?
In the contest of 2007, the New7Wonders promising 50% of the surplus for the conservation of monuments is a winner. Nevertheless, the New7Wonders never fulfill that promise, the reason: “We do not make a profit.” New7Wonders Party refused to tell the amount of income and expenditure when asked the mass media.
For the contest in 2011, the New7Wonders did NOT promise the same things as they promised in 2007. This time, 50% of these will they use for their own purposes. Contestants will not get anything from them.
What makes an appointment for the conservation of profit sharing is an official steering committee (OSC) of the New7Wonders in Indonesia, not the New7Wonders itself.
- FAQ 20: Ah, you definitely do not want Malaysia roader ‘giant newts’ defeat of the Komodo!
I’m just laughing for this…you know?
The Lebanon blogger also have write some analysis about New7wonders scam. You can read here.
So…how do you think about new7wonders? Is this scam or not? ask your self after read this.