Thomas E Posted about 2 years ago Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles" I'm not saying you're wrong Stephen Eggett, but part of the point here is that traditional media may have been better at presenting people with "information that challenges" people. That is, there's something with a medium like a newspaper called "incidental exposure," which is basically that I pick up a newspaper to be told what the day's news is and I am incidentally exposed to views and information that may challenge things I previously believed. At the same time, (before the internet) I would have been also exposed to the same things that everyone in my community was exposed to and that put us on relatively equal footing in terms of the information we had access to. So in this way, not having as much choice meant individuals being more prompted, potentially, to expose themselves to different points of view. Choice, on the other hand, can lead to narrow choices in which people fail to be exposed to as much diversity of views.