Posted by: r.m. | October 20, 2011

Vote for Jeita?

Vote for Jeita? Vote for Jeita for the next seven wonders of the world? Participate in the New Seven Wonders – and pay ‘only’ 7 cents to vote?

The Ministry of Tourism has sent text messages to our phones (unsolicited text messages, might I add). My University is promoting the “vote” also – by advertising for it on the website, and, today, by placing computers in a main pathway to encourage students to vote.

I understand the MoT promoting the vote. (I don’t agree, but can just shrug)

But for universities to promote it; that’s another aspect all together. What are we teaching our students?

I say, vote for Jeita, if:

(1) You have adequately studied the other 28 “finalists” so you can made an educated decision – based on the merits of the sites. And then, after that study, you find that, yes, Jeita (and the other 6 sites that you’re obliged to vote for – since you must vote for 7 sites) are worthy because of particular unique characteristics they have.

(2)  You have adequately studied the organization itself – the organization hosting this “largest global vote.” Who are they? Why did UNESCO distance itself from them? Why is there a charge of 7 cents?

(3) And, then, it would be grand as well if you would think about the repercussions of such a vote on Lebanon.  What would happen? Would tourism increase in Lebanon? Is that necessarily a good thing? Or, since night-life tourism is what is most promoted in Lebanon, would it make a damn difference?

But, to vote for Jeita just because we are Lebanese is … national chauvinism. Superficial nationalism.

So, will I vote for Jeita? Because I don’t have the time – or the inclination – to do steps 1 and 2 above, and because I don’t want tourism promoted in Lebanon, and because I definitely don’t abide by this “we are greater than you just because” nationalism that is being promoted, I won’t vote.


Responses

  1. If people truly understood what nationalism means, they would’ve ignored this whole debacle…

    Nationalism is a nation’s awareness of its self-worth, and a people’s self-confidence and trust in their nation.

    If the “Jeita vote” conveys anything, it’s the people’s insecurity, and their need for validation from some “outside authority”.

    The sad thing is that the way people are behaving regarding this so-called issue is not particularly surprizing, given the way they reacted to the “lame world record” craze.

    Sad indeed!

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  3. Well-Stated, Nael

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  6. Elizabeth Jabbour BIOL207 class..
    i think that jeita is a marvelous site and everything but the ways that it has been promoted are outrageous:
    1) most recently the minister of tourism appeared on a tv show and stated that they will take all the workers ( maids) in private households in lebanon to visit jeita: he clearly stated that :” we are going to take the foreign female workers on a feildtrip to jeita so they will encourage their families in philippines, srilanka and ethiopia to vote for jeita..” i personally thaught that this is not only stupid but opens a whole new debate on the right of workers..are they only allowed to go on trips and vacations to vote ??? how selfish and outrageous !!

    2) does a private company decides what are the new 7 wonders of the world?? why dont i just open a company and make new 7 wonders !! this is silly and more investigation should be made to check the bakground of such PROFITABLE companies !!

  7. “So, will I vote for Jeita? Because I don’t have the time – or the inclination – to do steps 1 and 2 above, and because I don’t want tourism promoted in Lebanon, and because I definitely don’t abide by this “we are greater than you just because” nationalism that is being promoted, I won’t vote.”

    You don’t want tourism to be promoted in your country?
    What a douche!

    I will not vote for jeita either, however you’re not voting for all the wrong reasons. What a total ass.

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