Re: Bad Joke in Bad Taste
Are we having reading difficulties here?
As someone who finds himself unfairly accused of being "hostile" somewhat regularly due to the language/tone I tend to use, and who therefore tries to be particularly tolerant and to not assume hostility when others use similar language, I'd just like to say: Wow, such unnecessary and unprovoked hostility. Did someone accidentally leave their "medicinal" cannabis at home today?
The humor is implied in the fake video
It doesn't come across as funny, or attempting to be funny, at all to me.
I'll grant you that the start section before the deepfake - the "problems" where they "lose the ship" are crappy: they're poorly edited, obviously reuse obvious footage and sound (such as the famous 1201 alarm) from various sources, etc. But the point of the video is the deepfake. I suspect they just didn't put very much effort into editing that together (to do a good job at that kind of thing would take quite a bit of editing work).
But funny? Attempting to be funny? No, I don't see it. And it seems neither does anybody except you.
Maybe you should consider doing what a rational, sensible person does when confronted by a video that offends them - stop watching it.
I find it kind of funny that you don't seem to be able to spell "humour" :P
You'd have to be willfully blind not to understand the failed attempt at humor by absurd that's both implied, and explicit, in the video.
I disagree. It could be that I (and seemingly others) are just really dense. Please explain exactly where the humour, both implied and explicit, is located. And what part is absurd?
Joseph Goebbels reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1. A fan of Godwin, I see. No faffing about here!
2. The universal declaration of human rights wasn't written for Goebbels to read, and had nothing to do with him.
3. I would actually find that pretty funny. But I would agree that that would be in bad taste.
in bad taste
I don't see how this is in bad taste. Armstrong and Aldrin didn't die on the moon. Nobody has died on the moon. Nobody died in any of the Apollo missions (that ever went to space - we should all remember Roger Chaffe, Ed White, and Gus Grissom as heroes). The only people who have actually died in space were the three cosmonauts on Soyuz 11, a totally unrelated ship, program, and country that had nothing to do with Nixon.
This was a speech written for Nixon as a contingency plan. This is a "what could have been" thing. It's not (really) trying to deceive anybody - anybody with even moderate intelligence knows that Armstrong and Aldrin didn't die on the moon and that Nixon didn't give this speech. I suppose some might be fooled into thinking it's a pre-recorded speech that was never used, but I still don't see how that's harmful to anybody or in bad taste (all it would take to dispel that notion would be 5 minutes research, or showing the video to ~80% of the population of the planet).
But maybe you can explain how it's in bad taste after you've explained how it's funny.
Just like there's exactly zero educational purpose to this MIT pile of garbage.
As just one possible example: This video might alert a person who didn't know that a contingency speech was written to the existence of that speech, teaching them a factoid about the Apollo program, serving educational value, and making its educational value nonzero. QED.