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I really liked the movies Frost/Nixon, Thank You for Smoking, The Social Network and then I found this Doonesbury comic strip. I want to know how to train oneself in this art of obfuscation. I am not saying I want to be (or can be) someone like Nixon, but I am trying to look at it from the perspective of a ethical hacker. How can one learn this kind of political maneuvering, if I can call it that? Can anyone suggest any books/movies for this?

EDIT: It seems that I am being seen as a wannabe bad guy. It's not just about being Nixon. The movies Thank You for Smoking and The Social Network have depicted similar behaviour, and I liked these movies because they kept a non-judgmental undertone (my opinion). My intention was to read/watch something intellectually stimulating. The cancer is not to be hated/feared, but studied and understood.

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  • $\begingroup$ @user6267, You're not seen as a bad guy, but this is a self-help question and is therefore outside of the scope of this forum. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '14 at 17:20
  • $\begingroup$ @blz: It's not about self-diagnosis/treatment; there's no need for a medical professional. See the relevant meta-question; I think a new one would need to be raised regarding the applicability of our self-help rules to this kind of "self-help" geared toward skill acquisition and optimization instead of disorder treatment. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '14 at 19:02
  • $\begingroup$ @user6267: I'm not sure where you get the idea that you're being perceived negatively. You don't seem to have received any responses at all. (That is, aside from any that might've been deleted?) $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '14 at 19:06
  • $\begingroup$ @NickStauner, ah then I apologize! $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '14 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ @blz: no need! Community rules like these are open to revision and interpretation, so it's not necessarily that you're wrong...It's just that this would be an unprecedented (AFAIK) application of the self-help rule, and wouldn't seem to follow the logic of it. $\endgroup$ Jun 30 '14 at 21:16