Anthony Bourdain - dead at 61

Depression takes many forms. To bad he was haunted by his demons

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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
opens in theatres on July 16, 2021

from CBS Sunday Morning on July 11 -

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a replay from 2016, 35-minutes long - -

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I’ve given this some thought and concluded that because the fake voice is reading Bourdain’s real words, it’s okay. But the filmmakers also should have disclosed it, just as documentaries routinely reveal that incidents were re-enacted for the purposes of the film.

I would have no issue with this if they had simply disclosed it - a simple crawl or caption at the bottom of the screen during the 3 times the AI voice was pretending to be AB would have sufficed. But having NOT disclosed it - it taints the documentary a bit for me. Although I’ll still watch it if I can in the theatre prior to going to HBO Max, which I don’t have.

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FWIW, I read that CNN also plans to air the documentary though I haven’t yet seen any details.

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Thx for that info…fingers crossed they do!

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My first problem with it is that the Director, in several interviews, seems to be indicating that there are more instances of this & he didn’t disclose the others. Secondly, I don’t like another door of “fake” being opened. Even if this one is totally faithful to the original words, others will definitely not be. Cant wait for the 1st political ad photoshopping someone into an important meeting and making statements while there. Its no wonder why so many folks cant discern what’s real anymore and are content labelling anything they don’t agree with as “fake news”. Real life Forrest Gump times.

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I don’t recall seeing anything about undisclosed audio manipulation in the film, but I’ll take your word for it, and I agree that it’s troubling. But the deepfakes door has been open for a while. To perhaps somewhat assuage your fears, there are ways to detect them. I’m not too worried about political content being faked, since it’s already pretty common, albeit not very sophisticated - remember slowed-down Nancy Pelosi? - and there’s a small army of citizen and professional journalists who are very quick to call bullshit when they see it.

What troubles me more is that people will be able to claim something is a deepfake when it’s not. Think of how useful THAT would be to certain people caught on tape saying or doing things they’d rather not cop to.

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I agree. Helen Rosner’s New Yorker piece is good reading The Ethics of a Deepfake Anthony Bourdain Voice

“No Reservations” is on all day on Direct TV Friday. It’s on the Cooking Channel 232 on DTV.

Yes, BoneAppetite linked to it upthread. She’s right that people have an emotional attachment to Bourdain that’s probably coloring their reaction. And I would add that non-fiction film presents a set of challenges due to the impossibility of objectivity, so - especially as technology advances - we keep having to ask how much fakeness is too much. Because no documentary is zero percent fake.

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