The SLAP Test and Truth in Legend and Conspiracy Theories


Jeannie Banks Thomas (Utah State University)

This paper explains the SLAP Test, which helps people hone their legend and conspiracy detectors. “SLAP” is an acronym for four simple questions that anyone can use in order to better understand unverified accounts. SLAP testing also aids in the assessment of veracity, cultural meaning, and possible risk that the stories may pose. This is not the only way to approach contested narratives, of course, but the SLAP Test is a good place to begin.

Part of 24-06 Tracing Verbal Traditions, Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm