Rhetorical Devices Project

1st Period Group 1

Bandwagon

Definition

  • The general rule is that it appeals to a popular belief, "fad," or trend.
  • The bandwagon effect refers to people doing certain things because other people are doing them, regardless of their own beliefs, which they may ignore.
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Examples

The bandwagon effect occurs in voting: some people vote for those candidates or parties who are likely to succeed (or are proclaimed as such by the media), hoping to be on the "winner's side" in the end.[