From Excitement to Hard Pass on Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Brandon Berg says:

    This seems like a big nothingburger to me. They’re not misrepresenting him, just generating a recording of him saying something he wrote, for dramatic effect. If there’s a valid ethical question here, it’s about using a private e-mail at all, not the details of how it’s presented.Report

    • Pinky in reply to Brandon Berg says:

      Yeah, if it was only used to voice things Bourdain wrote, the only offense is not hiring an actor to voice over a dramatic reading. And I guess not putting a note on the screen. I can imagine the technology leading to greater abuses, so we should probably work out the guidelines right now, but this wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for me. Actually, if the documentarian’s style is to canvas all spoken statements and patch them together to tell a story, I might not want to see his work on that basis.Report

  2. InMD says:

    If we know it’s Bourdain’s own words I don’t see it as a misrepresentation or ethical violation. Using it to say something he never did certainly would be.Report

  3. Jaybird says:

    Conspiracy Theory du jour: The point is the controversy. The more that the idea that voices (and faces!) can be faked for audio/video, the more easily we will be able to dismiss whatever footage is going to be coming out over the next few years.Report

    • DensityDuck in reply to Jaybird says:

      Barbara Jane Fuchs : Come down and see the mah…ile of cars we have on our lot.
      Rudy Russo : Did she just say “mile of cars”? She said she had a “mile of cars”!
      Jim the Mechanic : That’s the most blatant claim of false advertising I ever heard in my life!Report

  4. ChasM says:

    I have to agree with the commenters. As a filmmaker, using technology for storytelling effect is part of the bag, as long as they use his actual words of course. And Neville didn’t “make it about himself,” he was asked about it. It’s not like he marketed the film touting his use of AI.
    I suppose I’ll feel differently when holographic AI Tupac releases a new video though.Report