Play this: ‘Bad Paper,’ a journalistic choose your own adventure story about debt collection

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In this week’s New York Times Magazineauthor Jake Halpern falls deep into the seedy, ethically questionable, and extraordinarily lucrative world of debt collection. His piece follows a firm in Buffalo, NY as it judges what debt packages or “paper” might prove lucrative, when bought for pennies on the dollar from banks and other businesses, and what debtors are most likely to pay up. To accompany it, Journalist Felix Salmon has developed Bad Paper for Fusion, a TV channel and website that he joined earlier this year. It’s what he calls the first of his “post-text” projects, moving into different forms of digital storytelling. More practically, though, it’s a “choose your own adventure” story where you play either a debtor trying to beat…

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