Was TrappedAtMyDesk, the Tragic Brain Cancer Victim, Another Web Hoax?Lindy West2/07/14 5:40pmFiled to: mysteryhoaxliestrappedatmydeskamandacancer1195EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkRegular denizens of these parts surely remember a recent installment of "Your Evening Cry" that we subtitled "A Life Told Through Twitter"—it was a subtle, lingering gut-punch of a video that chronicled (via a slideshow of her Twitter feed) a woman named Amanda's tragic battle with brain cancer. The story was compelling, simple, and neatly packaged. Naturally, it went viral. But, as it turns out, much like Diane in 7A and Manti Te'o's ill-fated girlfriend and lonelygirl15 and horse_ebooks and all of these people, Amanda's story might not be exactly what it seemed. Jennifer Mendelsohn at Medium got curious about Amanda's background—why hadn't we seen any follow-up pieces about her family, her legacy, the absence she left in the world? Viral stories about loss and unjust heartbreak are ripe for multiple rounds of human interest stories—today's blogosphere doesn't just let those opportunities lie fallow.