What was I beaten for?

Kids are savages, this is true. What I’m stuck on is who controls the switch? Why was it when I was a lad it was not only acceptable to hurt geeks and nerds, but encouraged? The same people who would hurl rocks and insults at their peers 20 years ago for their love of fantasy and games now watch Game of Thrones and keep a computer in their pocket.
While I am glad to see this paradigm shift, I am very bitter. Why was I harmed then for what is mainstream now? Do these creatures stop and think about this at all? Fuck if I know.