I'm disappointed with technology for failing to live up to promises. But really I'm more disappointed with people and I'm ashamed to say it.

I was one of those tech utopians in the 90s who believed the Internet would solve all social ills once we empowered people to express themselves, gave them access to free educational materials, and gave everyone a chance to hear ideas and experiences from around the world.

Ten or so years ago, I had similar high hopes for social media. And until recently, I was a firm believer that online life is NOT different from real life, probably because I was so earnest myself.

Transitioning really opened my eyes to this. I was so scared to come out because of all the anger over trans people online and in certain media. Our mere existence was political and polarizing.

But that hasn't been my experience anywhere else. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has been supportive. I'm not saying it's wonderful everywhere but social media definitely amplifies the hate

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