Copyright 2011 Andrew Dobson
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Adding the "trollface" to a comic is the equivalent of having a laugh-track in a sitcom. It's blatantly telegraphing to your audience "this is meant to be funny" instead of the joke being genuine.
There are, of course, exceptions and this isn't a constant rule either... but this meme has become so pervasive I think a lot of us have developed an instinctive gut reaction to laugh whenever we see it... like Pavlov's dog.
We need to stop that...