Is Facebook’s filtering any better or worse than our own filtering of what we choose to read?

“Here’s the question we should be asking about ‘bias’ in Facebook’s news feed,” The Wall Street Journal’s Chris Mims writes. “Is it substantially worse than in the heyday of newspapers and magazines, when readers in major cities could choose to get their news from among a dozen or more publications tailored to their biases? …  Is it possible that Facebook’s algorithm produces a news feed that might even be a less-biased news source than what came before? Facebook, after all, is simply performing the same function gossip and social stratification has accomplished since the dawn of civilization, by allowing us to filter what we hear to precisely the degree we please.”