Thinking written late 20th century, say 1970s-2000. Not a short-short, but not sure if novel length. Pretty sure populated by (future) earth-human types.
As best recall any (official?) communications were presented in three ways. In order of decreasing complexity, like so:
- academic/scientific journal level, newspaper level, and perhaps as a comic-strip or other graphic illustration or maybe something like
- professional level, man-on-the-street level, and non-reader level (video?), or
- some combination of 1 and 2
Don't recall any plot and so don't think it was integral to that story, but rather an aspect of the society (and/or not-so-subtle social commentary that the author thought was "cool"...).