Digital Communication and the “Dicapoem” Movement
Dicapoem: A Multi-Language Art Form
Poetry read from a printed text is the product of print communications that came to flourish following the invention of the Gutenberg letterpress in the fifteenth century. The large-scale circulation of knowledge and information made possible by print communication paved the way for the Renaissance, the Reformation, and subsequent civil revolutions that, in the end, led to the dawn of modernity. It is in this context that the history of humanity can be said to coincide with the evolutionary history of media technology.
By opening up a new era of digital communication where almost anyone anywhere in the world can freely access a worldwide computer network, the Internet heralded new progress in human history. Smartphones, which are basically handheld computers, have brought about the digital media era of the individual where communication takes place in the condensed time and space of social media.
As we can see in everyday social media exchanges, digital communication goes beyond text to communicate in multiple languages (text, image, etc.) simultaneously. The power of this second Gutenbergian revolution of digital communication has been too strong for poetry to continue following the tradition of only using written text. Accordingly, the “dicapoem” has emerged as a new poetry movement for the digital communication age, creating new prospects for poetry as a multi-language art form harnessing image along with written text.