VISA reports from the future

The news outlets were buzzing today about the fact that spending on Boxing Day went down this year compared to previous years.

I find that funny because, you know, Boxing Day hasn’t happened yet.

The news, naturally, comes out of a VISA press release, which they based on a survey that asked people what they planned to do. This, I guess, is somehow infinitely better than waiting two days and just finding out what they did.

But VISA knows a slow news day when it sees one, and the news fell for it.

One thought on “VISA reports from the future

  1. DAVE ID

    Press Releases, the most useful space filling non-news items for slow news days. Then there’s the bait-linking devices like top10 lists with at least one listed item so off-key it’s only inserted to illicit hits.

    But it’s hardly media manipulation. Press releases are a HUGE source of news articles and the media takes advantage of the free handouts.


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