Dr $tephen Dann
Rogue. Marketer. A man with a dollar sign, a plan, and no
relation to Panama.
A Senior Lecturer by trade,
and a caped crusader for feminism in comic books by night, day or whenever
he's on the internet. A male feminist blogger for
man who's got his own gender identity sorted out, despite the fact the world
conspires to call him Ms more times than random chance would allow.
namesake ship is called
Dann on the page and Stephanie Dann in the page title).
In his day time role as mild manner reporter for the the
School of Management, Marketing and International Business, College of
Business and Economics at the Australian National University, Stephen spends
a lot of time if he ever has to tell people where he works. It's
almost as bad as being the station guard at
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Stephen says
almost, because the full address of his work is only four characters shorter
than saying that Llanfair place twice.
When not engaging in random acts of teaching,
researching or doing productive work, Stephen can be found on the internet.
This is true in a literal sense, since you're at the Stephendann.net
website, and a less literal sense in that Stephen might be a
addicted to the online world. Plus, there is that constant
struggle for supremacy in Unreal Tournament.
When trying to conquer the world, his research interests include social change marketing, political marketing
and the adaptation of commercial marketing to non commercial applications
such as behavioural change. For those of you following at home, this means
that Stephen is paid to figure out the optimum way to get people to do what
he wants them to do, and maybe even pay him for the privilege. This is
why the American government commissioned the internet as a safety mechanism
to distract Stephen with a supply of shiny things.
He has written.
By the gods has he written. He just won't stop. Since quitting
journalism because it required too few words, he has embarked on a quest to
single handedly make up for the word count export deficit incurred by
importing Harry Potter novels. Having honed his
trade in the newsgroup aus.tv.x-files, where he would account for 25% of the
posted traffic in any given month, he took advanced majors in verbosity and
minors in sleep deprivation, caffeine addiction and temporal distortion to complete three full length text book
manuscripts in less than six years, a screen play, a full nanowrimo novel,
two partial novels, a lot of e-mail, and a metric truck load of conference
papers. [The International Cartel of Marketing Journal Editors
are grateful to the US government for commissioning the Internet to distract
Stephen from ever deciding publishing in journal is more fun than writing
Along the road to wrist ruination and RSI injuries
with RSI injuries, Stephen has researched and published in a
diverse range of marketing content. So diverse, that there are
fourteen categories for what he has written, and that excludes any of that
new stuff he's been raving about in the lectures.
attempt to slow him down, sometimes the world conspires to make him travel
across the country or the planet to present his conference papers in
marketing, and has traveled internationally to present his work to a wide
range of audiences. He's even gotten out of London alive after
presenting a paper on the use of Princess Diana's image in road safety
seatbelt advertising to a conference full of Diana fans.
Stephen has a PhD and Spinsters degree in Commerce (with Honours) from Griffith
University, Australia. There's also a Spinsters of Arts majoring in
government and Law from the University of Queensland, and half a graduate
Certificate in Higher Education from Griffith University. During his tour of duty as a student,
Stephen managed to complete a three year arts degree in four years, and a
three year PhD in two and half. Due to the laws of temporal
consistency, the one year degree just evened itself out.
in the day, also known as 1999, he and his tag team paper Dr Susan Dann won the University of the
Sunshine Coast and AGB Australia Best Academic Paper Award for his article
on “Street Level Marketing”. They have since defended the title belt several
times, and remain undisputed champions of street level marketing.
Recently, they contest the Introduction to Marketing core text tag team
royal rumble, only to be eliminated by reigning heavyweight champions Kotler.
They came back into the title belt contention with the 2007 release of
Competitive Marketing Strategy.
- Spinsters of Arts*
- Spinsters of Commerce with
*Bachelors degrees and Spinsters Degrees should be interchangeable titles
- Prince of Insufficient Sleep
- $teve, Slayer of "It was working a minute ago" Installations of
- Designated Sidekick
- Human Level 70 Engineer and Level 64+ Commando (Defunct
- World of Warcraft
- Character Class Rogue, Hunter, Warrior (lvl30)
- World of Warcraft AuctionHouse.
- Unreal Tournament
- Flak Cannon, Unreal Tournament 2004
- Sniper Rifle, Unreal Tournament
- (static sniping and running around using it as an oversized pistol)
- Making the magic happen
- Time Distortion
(New Skool Video)
- Quake 2- Quake 4
- Unreal Tournament
- Unreal Tournament 2003
- Unreal Tournament 2004
- Doom 2
- Doom 3
- Star Wars Battlefield
- Star Wars Battlefield 2
- City of Heroes
- Atari Asteroids (clocked twice)
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Serious Sam I and Serious Sam II (seriously)
- Empire Earth
- World of Warcraft
- Paranoia (referee and player)
- Rolemaster (player)
- TMNT and other strangeness (Player)
- Traveller (d6 version, player and referee)
- Dungeons and Dragons 1 and 2nd edition
- Hunter Planet
- Warhammer Fanasty Battle (First Edition)
- Adobe Creative Suite 1 2 and 3 (3 years, shortened with parole),
- Adobe Photoshop (13 years of screwing around making parodies, icons
and touching up photographs to look better),
- Adobe Freehand (4 years of making fanzines),
- Adobe Pagemaker (6 years of fanzines)
- Microsoft Frontpage (6 years of being mocked by people who are too
cool to admit they use MS products)
- Dreamweaver (2 years of migraines and hating the damn thing)
- PhpBulletin Board Set up and Moderation systems
- Blogging software including Blogger (3 years), Wordpress (3 years)
- Yahoo Mailing List Web Based Moderation Systems
- Australian (Fluent)
- Light Geek (Fluent)
- Gamer Geek (Conversational and written)
- L33T (\/\/r1773n only)
- Deep Geek (Written and Conversational)
- Guy (Fluent written, fluent conversational)
- Girl (Semifluent, written and conversational)
In the elapsed timeframe between currently being Senőr Lecturer
@ ANU and an unemployed
undergrad Stephen has held the following positions
School of Advertising Marketing and Public Relations
Faculty of Business,
Queensland University of Technology,
Senior consultant for the
Australia-based sports arts and entertainment ratings agency Sparten
Lecturer for the School of Marketing, Griffith University, Australia.
Editor of the UQ Student Union newspaper Semper Floreat
Road crew for a cafe cabaret band.
|UQ Student Life
||Prior to Semper, he was an ordinary undergraduate student by day, and
the internet hadn't been popularly released so Stephen tended to sleep at night.
||Stephen was elected to the office of Editor of the student union
newspaper of the University of Queensland. For one year, he ran Semper with
David "Davo" Bolton. For half a year, there was another editor, but nobody
remembers much about him, which is a shame, because he was there, and he did
contribute to Semper. His name is Cameron Ward, and he was a valued member
of the Timelords team, even if he and Stephen did part on the ugliest of
internal office memo exchanges.
At Semper, Stephen's tasks included editing, writing, layout, design,
herding cats, throwing parties, layout, stocking the nerf rifles, recruiting
writers, layout, graphics design, writing and making the magic happen.
Turns out somebody was quite good at making the magic happen (and he did do
a lot of layout)
|The Griffith Crusade
||Beginning a new life as a commerce student in 1995, Stephen left the
heady lowlife of UQ student politics and promptly failed to become
anonymous. After blitzmode studying his way through to a First Class
Honours in Commerce, setting the School's record for being the first full
time first class Honours student they'd produced, he then went on to have
four coauthored journal articles published. Coincidently, this flurry
of journal activity was before the widespread availability of broadband
Whilst at Griffith, Stephen completed a PhD in 2 and half years (or 18
months if you count the time from "This is the topic" to "Here's the thesis.
I'm gonna go take a nap"). At the conclusion of his thesis, Stephen
created three trial adverts for the use of Princess Diana's image as a seat
belt endorser. One thing led to another, and Stephen found himself in
London, on the one year anniversary of Diana's death, presenting to a crowd
of Diana-philes on how her death could be used for advertising purposes.
In a Harry Potteresque turn of events, Stephen became the boy who lived, and
this sort of thing set the tone for the rest of his career.
|The Sparten Chronicles
||Stephen was lured out of the forests of Griffith University by the
promise of caffeine, money and all the trouble he could make in the private
sector. To hide his secret identity, he was appointed Senior
Consultant in Research and Development for the Australia-based sports
sponsorship ratings agency Sparten.
At Sparten, Stephen revised his role
as miracle maker for hire, once more thrust into the unstable and highly fun
world of short deadlines and long lead time projects, he continued to "make
the magic happen" by producing more quality and quantity than should be
possibly without the use of a time machine. He denies having a time
machine, just a good working understanding of time compression, and a beta
copy of Winzip for Temporal Fluxes.
During this sojourn into industry, he called the entire of the marketing
academy who cares about journal ranks the "biggest pack of rankers" he'd
ever seen, and followed this stunning level of tact by telling a few too
many industry truths at a special session where he represented the voice of
young academics (whilst safely having an industry job that didn't have a
Dean or Head of School)
This was not the career ending blaze of glory he
||QUT demonstrated that the cabal of Marketing Academics Who $teve's
REALLY Ticked off wasn't as widespread as first believed as Captain Career
Limiting Move found a new home. Whilst working for QUT, Stephen wrote one book adaptation, one new book,
nine conference papers and played a lot of Yahoo!Games. He's banned
himself from playing
RocketMania in order to regaining the full use of his
As part of a trade agreement with the private sector, Stephen
returned to the academic industry where he promised to only use his
powers for good. Nobody actually defined the parameter "good" and he
was left to himself with an office, a computer and year's supply of the
Internet. An opportunist by nature, and a fast twitch curiosity leads him to
chasing numerous research projects down blind alleys. With the patience of a
cat and the subtly of carpet bombing, Stephen will assault a topic area,
blaze away at it, and then wander off to pursue a new idea. This academic
research methodology may have influenced US foreign policy.
at world domination via the medium of conference papers came to an abrupt
end when the Australian National University did the unthinkable and lured
Stephen from the warmth of Brisbane to the depths of Canberra
|The Australian National University
||Canberra. Toowoomba with the national capital as it was aptly
described. A place that was designed to sit between Sydney and Melbourne as
a lesson in why compromising on important issues leads to bad outcomes.
Apart from the odd minor outburst about living in a country town, most
notably when trying to buy supplies or sophisticated electronics, Stephen
adapted to Canberra reasonably well.
Canberra, on the other hand, is still getting used to him.
With nothing to do in the evenings, afternoons or weekends that
didn't involve work, the academic war machine went into one man over drive,
producing 11 (two solo, nine coauthored) ANZMAC Conference papers for 8
successes, one special session, and four other conference papers and aa journal
article, the finalisation of the Consumer Behaviour adaptation, the end game
for the Competitive Marketing Strategy text, and taking one Autoassault
characters up to level 70 maximum, and grinding three WoW characters into
the level 30s.
Somewhere in amongst that chaos, Stephen found time to sleep. Not a lot, but he did sleep more in 2006 than in 2005. Scholars and
scientists believe the lack of a Sascha cat's singing may have contributed
to the enhanced sleep profile. Others suspect the hibernation during
winter, or the after effects of having been the first person to successfully
burn down an easter egg in the name of art and science.
In 2007, the year of Taking Those Journals Seriously, Social Marketing
Quarterly surrendered without a fight, and two other journals found
themselves under siege. One suggested coming back with a trebuchet,
and the other hasn't rejected the paper yet.
The International Cabal
of Marketing Journal Editors are currently attempting to distract Stephen
with offers of book contracts, consultancies and relatively good connection
speeds to Autoassault.
This may not prove sufficient.
Autoassault collapsed inwards on itself,
and the Cabal's desperate attempts to distract him resulted in World of
Warcraft subscriptions, and a match made in dynamic short term markets as
Stephen discovered the Auction house. 340 gold profit later, and it's
more fun than grinding mobs or ganking Alliance gnomes.
Still, in late
2007, there were rumours and murmurings of new book, new articles and a big
collection of research plans. Lines are being drawn, books read,
articles downloaded, and swathes of forest sacrificed in the name of
preparation for the 2008 onslaught.
The game, they say, is afoot.
||I didn't take this one as serious as the other one. Much more
interesting though innit?