If we take in account the actions of lindsay lohan and all the crazy stuff she's been doing, only to be offered 500k to appear somewhere. I would say acting like an ass probably may help more than hurt a persons career. Seriously, the most popular thing I hear about these days is honey boo boo. Come to think of it, I would say Richards only problem is he's not being ridiculous enough...
When people start blaming video games or violent movies it really shows how little they know about the world as a whole.
Lets just think about some numbers. Almost 7 billion people on the planet. Around 300 million people in the united states. There are around 40 million monthly players of call of duty at this time. At least 16 million people have seen batman so far.
Now, how many have gone nuts and shot up a movie theater? 1
world population 1 in 7 billion
US citizens 1 in 300 million
Call of duty players 0 in 40 million (he didn't play call of duty)
Batman movie watchers 0 in 16 million (he wasn't watching the movie he walked in and shot up the place)
So statistically he is a anomaly and very rare as a whole. We shouldn't start saying movies, games, or guns are bad because a minuscule percentage of the population did something very abnormal.
New business model. I'll tell you what it's going to look like. Netflix is going to start producing their own movies and shows bypassing the studios. They won't worry about file sharing because at $8 a month why would most consumers go through the trouble of downloading a crappy possibly virus infected movie on some torrent.
This is what the studios need to do. Get the price down to a level where quality and safety from viruses overcomes free. At that point they can start making that argument to the public. "look we have a high quality product that is safe and easy to purchase or rent".
Seriously, I love techdirt but I'm really starting to get depressed! Do any of our politicians believe in the basic idea of what the founding fathers were trying to accomplish. The government is FOR THE PEOPLE.