The literature on "bridging the semantic gap" between mass and network mediated visuals and algorithms for their automatic identification and classification is growing and requires transdisciplinary contributions in Part I by eminent computer and social scientists. In Part II, scholars from the social sciences and journalism explore a few major landmarks of the vastly neglected and more challenging areas of soundscapes and multi-sensory experiences as well as censorship.
The accompanying website www.keyvisuals.org offers additional insights.
Peter Ludes, Professor of Mass Communication/Integrated Social Sciences at the Jacobs University Bremen. Member of the core group of the European Science Foundation's Program "Changing Media - Changing Europe" (2001 - 2004) and Speaker (since 2003) of a research initiative on the intercultural comparison of key visuals, including members from Brazil, China, Germany, the UK and the United States.