Written communication was a big part of human history. As soon as a culture could write, its ability to last beyond a single generation greatly increased. This caused sophistication of a culture to sky rocket. Today people still use the written word to communicate with each other and document history. Yet the written word is often on a connected computer network capable of communicating in a more effective way.
A friend turned me onto http://infosthetics.com/ This site is about communicating information in new and fresh ways. Here is the kind of thing they get down on.