Beyond bars

Despite threats of violence, imprisonment and death, writers around the world continue to fight to make their voices heard. The latest issue of Index on Censorship pays tribute to one of the world’s longest running campaigns for free expression, Eng…

Interactive Web Sites Boost Politicians, But 'Double-Edged Sword'

A more interactive Web site for a political candidate can influence a person’s impression of the candidate and increase a person’s level of agreement with the candidate’s views, according to Penn State researchers. More interactive Web sites enhance a person’s opinion of a political candidate and the candidate’s positions, say the researchers. At the same time, interactivity is a “double-edged sword” because the most highly interactive sites used in the research drove users’ views of the political candidate back down, showing that greater navigational demands of a Web site might induce tedium.