As someone who spends a lot of time debating points on the internet, I see a lot of strawman arguments. I’m also accused of doing it a lot. It’s useful to know what the strawman fallacy actually is, a simplification of a nuanced point to one that’s easier to argue against.
It’s important to understand the strawman fallacy so you can avoid it, both in online discourse and in screenwriting. I hate it when atheist scripts paint every Christian as a moron, when Christian scripts paint ever atheist as a monster, or when preachy scripts paint every casual coke user as a degenerate monster.