Typography is far more than just letters and words on a page. In much the same way that tone of voice can alter a message, typography has the power to communicate a great deal simply through the forms of the letters and their layout on a page.
I'd like to take a page, pun intended, from the Slow Movement and suggest "Slow Information," the ongoing inheritance of the 15th C. technology of Gutenberg. It's still going on, and not just at Colonial Williamsburg.
It's a godawful small affair, typography, especially these days with those tiny images you get when you buy an album track on iTunes. The joy of speculating about what an intricately designed and carefully chosen set of letters may reveal about the innards have long gone.