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Bandwagon Propaganda: An Annotated Bibliography

Newman, Alex. Taxpayers to Fund Hollywood ObamaCare Propaganda. The New American.
The New American Mag., 17 Sept. 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2014.
Newmans article covers an advertising arrangement that federal authorities made with the
entertainment industry to promote The Affordable Care Act through popular Hollywood
television series. He tells us that the taxpayers are the ones who are going to pay almost 1 million
dollars for actors and directors to advertise for the new reform. They might even begin filming a
new show based on the premise of people who do not have the new healthcare system and their
trials and tribulations. Overall the reader is informed on the propaganda they will be subjected
Alex Newman has a degree in journalism, he is an international correspondent, educator, and
consultant. He lives in Europe but has worked in four countries including the United States. It
seems this source is a popular one because it is written to the general public and does not really
have anything to do with information for field experts. The goal of the article is to enlighten the
audience to the affects this type of propaganda will have on them.
This source will help me prove that The Affordable Care Act is propaganda, because it is from a
knowledgeable source that has given information to back up my claims. I can use the facts such
as how taxpayers are the ones who are paying for the ads, to support a similar fact in my own
paper. I think this source has given me more insight into the things that are happening and have
happened with ObamaCare and how they are affecting Americans.

Oberlander, Jonathan. The Future of Obamacare. The New England Journal of Medicine
362.23 (2012): 2165-2167. Web. 22 Feb. 2014.
This article is written as one persons insight or opinion on what will be the outcome of The
Affordable Care Act. The author, Jonathan Oberlander, discusses how he thinks ObamaCare
will affect things like Medicare, Medicaid, insurance costs, and healthcare benefits. He says
there are many challenges that the reform has, and many political fights to come but hopefully all
the problems will be corrected so Americans will have availability to a working healthcare
This source is a scholarly one, it is written in a journal intended to be from one expert to others.
It evaluates how The Affordable Care Act will affect medical professionals and their fields. The
author might be a little biased due to the connection between his area of expertise and the topic
being discussed. Oberlander has a B.A., a M.A., a M.Phil., and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He
has done extensive research on Medicare, Medicaid, American politics and public policy, health
politics and policy, healthcare reform and more. He is a Professor and Vice Chair of Social
Medicine and Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Oberlander has also written a book and a volume series on the topic of social and political
medicine. He is a reliable source author based on these many credentials.
I will use this information in my value claim essay to show that health professionals, who have
done widespread research on the topic of ObamaCare are concerned with the affects and
possible feuds that it will create. This will fit into my topic because it demonstrates that those
who have done investigation for themselves are not impacted by popular advertisements and are
less likely to jump on the bandwagon. This source has changed the way I think by showing me
that there are more people being affected by the reform than I had previously thought there were.

Shabo, Magedah E. Chapter 2: Bandwagon. Techniques of Propaganda and Persuasion. Eds.
Paul Moliken, Darlene Gilmore, Sally Wein. Smyrna: Prestwick House Inc., 2008. 18-23.
This chapter covers the bandwagon type of propaganda. The author, Magedah E. Shabo,
describes how the phrase jumping on the bandwagon started back in the 1800s and was
primarily used in politics. She goes on to say that now, in modern times it refers to any situation
in which people attempt to be part of a successful or popular endeavor merely for the sake of its
popularity. The point of the book is to identify all types of propaganda; for this specific chapter
the main point is to discuss one type, bandwagon. The reader learns how bandwagon propaganda
affects them, and the different scenarios that it can present itself in.
The source seems be popular, as it is a published book and not a field report or expert journal.
This chapter is beneficial because it gives a history of the bandwagon effect and does not just
explain the concept itself. Its objective is to help the reader differentiate between the numerous
styles of propaganda and to learn a little about each one in order to avoid becoming the follower
of a corrupt leader, system, or idea just because it was popular. Magedah E. Shabo, the author,
has a B.A. in English and Anthropology, and has an Arak Award for writing. She has written
over 10 books on topics varying from how to read informational text, to logical fallacies. All
those facts, make her a very knowledgeable source in the area of propaganda and persuasion in
I plan to use this source to give my readers a little background on the origins of the phrase
jumping on the bandwagon. I can also use some of the many examples it gives to illustrate
how the bandwagon effect is being used today and how it was used in the past. This source might
not be as scholarly as it should be, but it still makes a lot of good points that are valid and usable.
It fits into my research well because my topic is exactly the title of the second chapter in the
book. This source has given me more of an idea on how to narrow my topic more from the
broader idea I had before. It has also helped me understand the historical aspect of the word

Troy, Tevi. The Three Failed Promises of ObamaCare. Commentary. Commentary Mag., 01
Dec. 2013. Web. 22 Feb. 2014.
In this article, the author, Tevi Troy, discusses promises that were made about The Affordable
Care Act by President Barack Obama. Troy explains how three points in particular are, so far,
not happening. He gives examples of situations where the promises have been broken and data
from research on the possible outcomes of some promises that are likely to be broken. The three
specific failed promises talked about by Troy are: universal coverage, reduced insurance cost,
and the assurance that people could keep their existing insurance if they wished. Overall this
article is about the unsuccessfulness of The Affordable Care Act.
This source is current not only because of the date it was published but also because of the fact
that The Affordable Care Act has gone into effect only recently, within four to five months. The
author was Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He
supervised processes such as Medicaid and Medicare, medical research, welfare, etc. He held
positions in the White House and Capitol Hill, and in his government work his specialty was
healthcare, making him an expert on this topic. He has a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations
and a M.D. and a Ph.D. in American Civilizations, making him Dr. Tevi Troy. This source is
scholarly because it was written by a field expert, but it is also popular because it was published
in a magazine for the general audience.
This source was extremely helpful, it covered my topic well and supports my argument by
providing specific details on ideas I want to convey. I can use this source to show that there are
flaws within ObamaCare, that is not perfect and to demonstrate that much of the public is
missing those errors due to lack of their own research. I think this source might help me narrow
my topic from being too broad.

Woolfolk Cross, Donna. Propaganda: How Not to Be Bamboozled. Language Awareness:
Readings for College Writers. Eds. Paul Eschholz, Alfred Rosa, Virginia Clark. Boston:
Bedford/St. Martins, 2009. 149-159. Print.
In this essay by Donna Woolfolk Cross, we learn that there are several different types of
propaganda. The author describes thirteen individual types: name-calling, glittering generalities,
plain-folks appeal, argumentum ad populum (stroking), argumentum ad hominem (personal
attacks), transfer (guilt or glory by association), bandwagon, faulty cause and effect, false
analogy, begging the question, the two-extremes fallacy (false dilemma), card stacking, and
testimonial. Woolfolk Cross presents these ideas to show just how many forms propaganda can
take, probably some not many people have ever heard of before. She tells us that propaganda
determines what brand of toothpaste you use, the movies you see, the candidates you elect when
you get to the polls. Donna also explains how it works, with tricks and distractions right in front
of our eyes. Basically we learn how we are affected by propaganda, the different types of it, and
how it works.
The authors goal for this particular piece is to educate readers on How Not to Be Bamboozled
by propaganda. She informs us on the multiple kinds of propaganda so that we can better identify
them when we see them and avoid being roped in by glittering generalities or card stacking.
This information can be put toward the present and the future, so that readers will never again
believe in something that is not true, or something they have only heard half of. Donna Woolfolk
Cross has a B.A. in English and in Literature & Writing. She has written many books on
language that manipulates which makes her very qualified to speak on the subject of propaganda.
This source will help me to define the exact propaganda I am referring to in my essay, the
seventh type, bandwagon. I can use the definitions and examples from this essay and apply it to
my own. It changed how I think about my topic by teaching me that there are varieties of
propaganda not just the one I thought there was. This source helped me decide half of the topic I
chose, and it gave me the idea and knowledge of other types of propaganda.