Day 50 — Appeal To Popularity / Bandwagon Fallacy

This logical fallacy is the last I have for the week — also known as “appeal to the people” or argumentum ad populum. And like previous fallacies I’ve mentioned which are easy to remember, this fallacy focuses on how popular belief or the appeal to the majority consensus can lead us astray.

It’s also known as the bandwagon fallacy, how everyone gets on the bandwagon and follows where its going, regardless of how right it might be.

The reinforcement of mass opinion can be very strong, and it’s a powerful thing to fall for. It’s important to check sources and realise that just because ‘everyone says so!’ — doesn’t necessarily make it so.

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Further Resources:

Logical Fallacies Info on Bandwagon Fallacy

Introduction To Logic