Greetings, spy-curious readers:
I have been contacted by someone closely connected with the production of TURN who expressed concern about the tone of the previous blog post. Let me be perfectly clear: “TURN to a Historian” DOES NOT and never will advocate, encourage, or endorse the illegal downloading of copyrighted material (including episodes of TURN) or any other form of piracy.
Since this blog has a vested interest in the ongoing success of TURN, the thought that we would encourage readers to undermine the show financially is pretty silly. Viewers should support the show in whatever way they are able, and for most people, that involves watching TURN via cable or purchasing episodes individually on iTunes or Amazon. Some fans, however, may not have the financial means to purchase conventional access to cable TV shows, and I meant to suggest that they seek out episodes of TURN via legally alternative means — for example, gaining online access or checking out DVDs from their local library (It IS National Library Week, after all!) or organizing a viewing party at a friend’s house, community center, or historical society. These “alternative sources” are just some of the many ways to legally view and support the show that do not involve illegal downloading or piracy.
If you know of a place where such a gathering is taking place, by all means, I hope you will generously share your “secret intelligence” with fellow fans — either here in the blog comments, on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, or through your own channels of communication. The very existence of this blog revolves around using TURN as a source of historical discussion and we want to welcome as many people into that discussion as possible, regardless of their financial status.
So huzza for history, cheers to the ongoing success of TURN, and a pox on internet piracy. We are NOT a fan of the latter here. Any playful suggestions of spycraft written on these (web)pages should NEVER be read as an invitation to partake in piracy. Carry on, dear readers!