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    To my delight, surprise, and slowly dispelled confusion I am a recipient of Fight for the Future’s “Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness.” Me? Huh?

The Nyan Cat Medallion

Start: I have been honored.

Holmes Wilson, Tiffiniy Cheng, and the fighters of the Good Fight at Fight for the Future have seen fit to induct me into the “Order of Defenders of the Internet,” and have presented to me — via the United States Postal Service — the “Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness,” pictured above.

Me? What did I do?

Enclosed was the letter explaining exactly what it is that I did:

After careful review, the committee for the Defenders of the Internet identified you as one of the top internet defenders in the world. You went above and beyond the status quo and staked out against SOPA, PIPA, and censorship on the internet. Your efforts have been noted because they required an exceptional combination of wit, tenacity, vision, and a belief in the transformative good the internet give to society. You helped lead us to a gigantic victory against internet censorship – it was an important fight for the public good and our free society. The web continues to be great because of you.

On behalf of the Internet, Fight for the Future bestows upon you the Nyan Cat Medal of Internet Awesomeness – the highest honor known to Internet Defenders.

Me? Really?

I later discovered that two other fellow recipients of this honor were none other than Marvin Ammori, a First Amendment scholar and de facto activist that helped lead the charge in the battle against SOPA/Protect-IP, and Mike Masnick, business and technology expert and the driving force behind the eye on technology, politics, the internet, and where they all collide known as TechDirt.

(Marvin Ammori wrote a simply delightful post about receiving his medal — a post I could not even dream of upstaging: “Medal Ceremony in Real Life: for Internet Awesomeness.”)

And then there’s … uh … me.

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With SOPA/Protect IP now cast by reluctant legislators into the outer darkness, the author comes up for air … for a moment.

Troubled Skies

Start: As you can see, I’ve taken back the header to my blog, which has been obscured by a black banner with the words “Stop Censorship,” which in turn linked to the Stop American Censorship site.

Am I done with that issue?

In a word, ha!

I have no illusions that the forces behind the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), and its Senate sister Protect IP (PIPA) are going to graciously acknowledge defeat and gallantly submit to the wisdom of the masses. But, barring something unusual, both SOPA and PIPA as written are dead, and it will probably be some months before we see something quite like it again.

Though it is like our government to blind-side us, isn’t it?

It saddens me to think that that we must consider our elected leaders to be enemies of the people, because, clearly, they aren’t very good at keeping our best interests in mind.

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