What have we been watching? What have we been watching?
The meaning of words no longer had the same relation to things, but was changed by them as they thought fit. Reckless doing was held to be loyal courage; prudent delay was the excuse of a coward; moderation was the disguise of weakness; to know everything was to do nothing.
Thucydides on the corruption of language during the revolution at Corfu in Alasdair MacIntyre, A Short History of Ethics
The question comes to mind more or less every time I click on a clip from Syria. And every time I read an interpretation that tries to fix a single total meaning, another clip... more