“With the creative destruction brought by the digital age, the values alone are not enough,” the authors recognize in the last chapter, finally turning to the new realities. News organizations must be reinvented. “This reinvention will come from new places, younger people who understand the technology but adhere to the old values if not the old ways,” they continue. “That may be less our prediction than a profound hope.” It’s a plaintive cry, which makes you wonder whether the cherished conception of journalism outlined in Blur may be facing its final chapters.


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Carolyn Kellogg is a contributor to CJR.