Documentaries On Britney Spears, R. Kelly Lead To Change : Consider This from NPR Last month, R&B singer R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. Days later, a judge suspended Jamie Spears as the conservator of his daughter Britney Spears' estate. While these cases are completely unrelated, they do have one crucial thing in common: a massive online following, and an ecosystem of think pieces and documentaries that fuel conversation online.

NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans discusses the role documentary series have played in cases like R. Kelly's and Britney Spears. He says it's part of a larger movement that some are calling "consequence culture."

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

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R. Kelly, Britney Spears, And The Rise Of 'Consequence Culture'

R. Kelly, Britney Spears, And The Rise Of 'Consequence Culture'

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R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago in September 2019. Antonio Perez/Getty Images hide caption

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R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago in September 2019.

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Last month, R&B singer R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking. Days later, a judge suspended Jamie Spears as the conservator of his daughter Britney Spears' estate. While these cases are completely unrelated, they do have one crucial thing in common: a massive online following, and an ecosystem of think pieces and documentaries that fuel conversation online.

NPR's TV critic Eric Deggans discusses the role documentary series have played in cases like R. Kelly's and Britney Spears. He says it's part of a larger movement that some are calling "consequence culture."

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment that will help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Lee Hale. It was edited by Brent Baughman, Matt Ozug, and Brianna Scott. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.