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Though the company admits there was "drama" in negotiating with Apple, Hearst is now praising the iPad as a viable platform for magazine subscriptions.

Hearst Magazine president David Carey said in an interview this week with Reuters that his company has about 400,000 digital subscribers across all tablets, though Apple's iPad dominates the tablet market. Hearst's subscriber number is expected to surge to more than 1 million at some point in 2012.

Magazine publishers such as Hearst initially held out on bringing their publications to the iPad. The main sticking points were Apple's share of sales on the App Store, as well as the sharing of lucrative personal data about subscribers.

Carey admitted that there was "so much drama" in negotiations with Apple, noting that someone could sell the movie rights to the debate that ensued. But Hearst eventually reached a deal with Apple in May, and subscriptions for Esquire, Popular Mechanics, and O, The Oprah Magazine arrived in July.

Publishers and Apple eventually reached an agreement in which customers could choose to opt in or out of sharing certain personal data with magazine publishers. To the surprise of Carey and Hearst, between 60 and 65 percent of iPad subscribers have chosen to share their personal data.



In addition, he said tablet providers, without specifically naming Apple, take about a 35 percent cut of subscription revenue. That leaves 65 percent for Hearst, which is greater than the 55 percent publishers usually keep from newsstand sales.

"It's a pretty efficient distribution for us, to be honest," Carey reportedly said.

To put Hearst's 400,000 current digital subscribers in perspective, the company revealed in late September that paid digital magazine downloads were then topping 300,000 per month. That was weeks before Apple launched iOS 5 with Newsstand, a new feature for magazines and newspapers with automatic downloads that boosted sales for rival publisher Conde Nast by 268 percent.
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Anyone here subscribing to magazines? I don't even know where to find them.

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Did you *have* to pick the picture of the cigarette addict? Out of all the pictures available you chose to promote the "smoking is cool" meme.
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Did you *have* to pick the picture of the cigarette addict? Out of all the pictures available you chose to promote the "smoking is cool" meme.

Really! Good call!

Stupid on all accounts!
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Anyone here subscribing to magazines? I don't even know where to find them.

I'm subscribing to magazines through NewsStand and through Zinio.

I'm not sure if you're serious about not knowing how to find them, but if you are, here's how.

1. Click Newsstand
2. When Newsstand opens, click the "Store" button.
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I'm subscribing to magazines through NewsStand and through Zinio.

I'm not sure if you're serious about not knowing how to find them, but if you are, here's how.

1. Click Newsstand
2. When Newsstand opens, click the "Store" button.

No, he's serious. This SolipsismX guy is new to AppleInsider and new to Apple products so I'm sure he'll appreciate the tip.

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No, he's serious. This SolipsismX guy is new to AppleInsider and new to Apple products so I'm sure he'll appreciate the tip.

I actually didn't know, or more accurately, had forgotten. I checked out the app in the iOS 5.0 betas but there was no Store to access or didn't work. I forget which. Either, I clearly lost interest but I'll check it out again.

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I'm subscribing to magazines through NewsStand and through Zinio.

I'm not sure if you're serious about not knowing how to find them, but if you are, here's how.

1. Click Newsstand
2. When Newsstand opens, click the "Store" button.

Newsstand needs work. It seems every magazine is listed as free which is misleading as you have to pay for in-app purchases to get content. I also hate the way the magazine store is mixed in with the app store. There is no way to sort publications. Not a huge deal but annoyingly flawed.
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Anyone here subscribing to magazines? I don't even know where to find them.

Are you serious?

Could it possibly be in that Newsstand app that you must keep on your screen and can't even put in a folder without any extra trickery?
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I have pretty much switched over to reading all my books on the iPhone. I haven't yet even felt interested in trying my magazines on the phone... I suspect that would change if I ever got an iPad...
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I love it. Have popular science and will continue to get more. Its easy to read, beautiful images and videos added. Very SciFi way of reading magazines.
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Did you *have* to pick the picture of the cigarette addict? Out of all the pictures available you chose to promote the "smoking is cool" meme.

: Aren't you all here gathered adults?!
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Did you *have* to pick the picture of the cigarette addict? Out of all the pictures available you chose to promote the "smoking is cool" meme.

Ummm yeah Because that's the first thing that most rational people will think\
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Are you serious?

Could it possibly be in that Newsstand app that you must keep on your screen and can't even put in a folder without any extra trickery?

That is my last page filled with apps I never use, like YouTube, Stocks and Weather (I use the Notification pull down for the last two)

I checked it out the app again. Then I pressed Store. Then I hit the Home Button before the Store could fully load. I didn't like that I can't see what's new in the Newsstand like you can in a store. I understand that it's for your items but I just don't like going to the App Store without a specific link to an item to initiate a download.

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Anyone here subscribing to magazines? I don't even know where to find them.

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I'm subscribing to magazines through NewsStand and through Zinio.

I'm not sure if you're serious about not knowing how to find them, but if you are, here's how.

1. Click Newsstand
2. When Newsstand opens, click the "Store" button.

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Are you serious?

Could it possibly be in that Newsstand app that you must keep on your screen and can't even put in a folder without any extra trickery?

Tough crowd.
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: Aren't you all here gathered adults?!

There is a big difference between adult and judgmental adult. Too many people these days just believe their morality and rational is the only right one.
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So yet again Steve was right and he had to drag these idiots into the 21st century screaming and kicking just as he did the music industry. If only he were here to do the same to the TV and Film industries. \
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Anyone here subscribing to magazines? I don't even know where to find them.

I most frequently see them at the airport bookstore while waiting for a flight. Okay, I see a few magazines at the doctor and dentist offices. I read Playboy, Sports Illustrated and Consumer Reports when I get my haircut (at a barber shop, not a hair salon).

The subscription cards are the little pieces of paper that fall out when you open the periodical to read.

Curious.

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I most frequently see them at the airport bookstore while waiting for a flight. Okay, I see a few magazines at the doctor and dentist offices. I read Playboy, Sports Illustrated and Consumer Reports when I get my haircut (at a barber shop, not a hair salon).

I gotta find a new barber!
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In addition, he said tablet providers, without specifically naming Apple, take about a 35 percent cut of subscription revenue. That leaves 65 percent for Hearst, which is greater than the 55 percent publishers usually keep from newsstand sales.

"It's a pretty efficient distribution for us, to be honest," Carey reportedly said.

What? Apple provides value? The cut is actually reasonable? Halt the presses - hell has frozen over and the end of the world is neigh!
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I gotta find a new barber!

Oh come on, you can read Consumer Reports in lots of places.
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post #22 of 39
It's always good to be skeptical, but with Apple's track record, companies should listen. This should have been a no-brainer.
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I most frequently see them at the airport bookstore while waiting for a flight. Okay, I see a few magazines at the doctor and dentist offices. I read Playboy, Sports Illustrated and Consumer Reports when I get my haircut (at a barber shop, not a hair salon).

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I gotta find a new barber!

'Barber' is apparently a politically incorrect name. They need to be called Hair Stylists.

There was this indian movie titled 'Billu Barber' that generated a lot of protests from the 'Hair Stylist' associations!! . The name was eventually changed to just 'Billu'.
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I agree with the above that the organization of publications needs a lot of work. It's awkward to navigate and to find things in Newstand. I have to believe Apple can do a much better job with it

I also think it would be interesting for an iPad to have a 'Newsstand' view locked mode. So a doctor's office, for example, could leave on iPad out. In this mode, only the magazine/newspapers are displayed. The home page would just be the covers. Perhaps allow access to Safari and Weather as well

In the bigger picture, this is really great for Apple. The cut of all these revenues is really going to start to add up, especially if they are successful rolling these content initiatives internationally. I'm assuming Apple is getting a cut of all the Zinio revenues as well, which is the top grossing app currently on the iPad. Everyone talks a out the Amazon Fire, but you think they are going to sell more content per device than Apple?

Last, a higher resolution iPad 3 will help seal the deal. The publications will look twice as good as they do now and will easier to read

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Anyone here subscribing to magazines? I don't even know where to find them.

Sound+Vision. $11.99 a year (discounted price effective at the moment). Hadn't bought this magazine so cheap.
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Newsstand needs work. It seems every magazine is listed as free which is misleading as you have to pay for in-app purchases to get content. I also hate the way the magazine store is mixed in with the app store. There is no way to sort publications. Not a huge deal but annoyingly flawed.

Just give me a search function and i'll be happy.
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Carey admitted that there was "so much drama" in negotiations with Apple, noting that someone could sell the movie rights to the debate that ensued.

I'd pay money to see this.
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I get the feeling that all those executives working in the film, music and print industry are like a bunch of kids on the first day of school. They whine, cry, kicking and screaming as they head out the door because they can't stay home with mommy and daddy anymore but have to venture into the unknown. But then they go to school and find out that it's not such a horrible place after all.

Every time Apple does something new, these media executives are crying foul, screaming about the injustice. But after they finally give in, they realize that things aren't so bad and that Apple just helped open up a huge revenue stream for them. They are riding on Apple's coat tails as Apple spearheads one paradigm shift after another. Makes me wonder where all the "drama" that you can make a movie out of was coming from.
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I wasn't sure if I'd like my iPad, honestly, but I do. Quite a lot.

I don't really subscribe to anything (yet) in the Newsstand app. I must be in the minority, based on Apple's UX philosophy of only giving you the ability to browse a handful of their selections, but I like having an exhaustive list of magazines to look through to find ones in which I'm interested. For me, the magazines are just not as easy to buy.

However, I do find the presentation of content on the iPad to be pretty compelling. I have the NY Post's app, and it is pretty excellent.
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There is a big difference between adult and judgmental adult. Too many people these days just believe their morality and rational is the only right one.

Morality isn't a question of opinion. There are people who have differing opinions on various moral subjects for sure, however in the end there is only one right answer, which means the other people are wrong, whether they like it or not. Two examples:

1. Smoking or promoting smoking helps nobody. It doesn't matter how people feel about it, in the end the results are always the same - death, disease, and stench (unless something else kills you before the cigs do). It's actually tragic - the addiction to tobacco. I'm so sorry for the folks who are addicted. I wish all the best to those trying to quit. The devastation caused to humans by smoking is why promoting smoking is immoral. People who think otherwise are wrong.

2. Stealing is immoral. There is no situation that ever makes it okay. It doesn't matter how many opinions there may be on the subject, it is immoral, black & white, case closed. People may try to justify it all day long, but they would be wrong.

Bringing this full circle, it's too bad someone chose that particular magazine cover as an example for electronic magazine distribution. There are many other choices that would be positive and uplifting. Also, it's nice to see the publishing industry realizing that the distribution model Apple proposed is viable, and beneficial. They weren't trying to steal anybody's lunch. In fact, as electronic distribution increases, I'm sure we'll see Apple coming up with ways to add even more value, as they have done with other media.
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I get the feeling that all those executives working in the film, music and print industry are like a bunch of kids on the first day of school. They whine, cry, kicking and screaming as they head out the door because they can't stay home with mommy and daddy anymore but have to venture into the unknown. But then they go to school and find out that it's not such a horrible place after all.

Every time Apple does something new, these media executives are crying foul, screaming about the injustice. But after they finally give in, they realize that things aren't so bad and that Apple just helped open up a huge revenue stream for them. They are riding on Apple's coat tails as Apple spearheads one paradigm shift after another. Makes me wonder where all the "drama" that you can make a movie out of was coming from.

Yes, this is completely true. As someone has been a national newsstand magazine publisher and fully understands the distribution models for traditional print publications, I never got what all the wailing was about. I can assure everyone that the percentage that Apple retains for the service of providing an exceptionally valuable store front is smaller than the charges from distributors and retailers added together on each copy of a magazine. Publishers will make much more money through digital distribution than traditional means - not to mention the considerable savings attained through reduced print runs and transportation costs.
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Did you *have* to pick the picture of the cigarette addict? Out of all the pictures available you chose to promote the "smoking is cool" meme.

Yeah no shit. I really detest that. Smoking is one of the most uncool things you can show.

I had to laugh at Hearst however. It just goes to show that Apple knows its customer far better than the publishers do. Most should just wise up and take its advice.
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I'm so happy to see that 65% will willingly give their personal information to the publishers. Now maybe the publishers and others will stop trying to get my information.
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People so eagerly type everything in to Facebook, they should not be so surprised 65% were willing to share.
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Morality isn't a question of opinion. There are people who have differing opinions on various moral subjects for sure, however in the end there is only one right answer, which means the other people are wrong, whether they like it or not. Two examples:

1. Smoking or promoting smoking helps nobody. It doesn't matter how people feel about it, in the end the results are always the same - death, disease, and stench (unless something else kills you before the cigs do). It's actually tragic - the addiction to tobacco. I'm so sorry for the folks who are addicted. I wish all the best to those trying to quit. The devastation caused to humans by smoking is why promoting smoking is immoral. People who think otherwise are wrong.

2. Stealing is immoral. There is no situation that ever makes it okay. It doesn't matter how many opinions there may be on the subject, it is immoral, black & white, case closed. People may try to justify it all day long, but they would be wrong.

Bringing this full circle, it's too bad someone chose that particular magazine cover as an example for electronic magazine distribution. There are many other choices that would be positive and uplifting. Also, it's nice to see the publishing industry realizing that the distribution model Apple proposed is viable, and beneficial. They weren't trying to steal anybody's lunch. In fact, as electronic distribution increases, I'm sure we'll see Apple coming up with ways to add even more value, as they have done with other media.

Your whole post proves my point on how opinionated people, are judgmental. Thinking that their world is black and white. Right or wrong. Never allowing for differences of opinion. Everyone has an opinion and in a free society they have a right to it. Who am I to dictate which morality is right or wrong? You are being ethnocentric. You're judging other people relative to your own particular morality.

Societal consensus dictates secular morality and law. A culture dictates morality. A religion dictates morality. Morality and Laws are based on the opinions of those served by their rules of morality. The consensus makes the Laws of enforcement, not someone's individual opinion or morality.

People today who live in a free society, like the United States of America, that values individual human rights, have the choice to choose what's right or wrong within the Law. If the laws of their society says "smoking is legal," they have a right to smoke. It's their choice to do so. It's not illegal.

Smoking has nothing to do with my individual opinion, religion, or morality. I do not judge others on whether it's right or wrong. I do judge on legal or illegal. It's their choice to smoke. Our society currently says so. If one doesn't like that, they can work to unite others to change the rules against smoking or anything else they don't approve of, or they can find a place where those rules do not apply.

There are ethical reasons for stealing. Take any graduate college ethics course and you learn quickly that nothing in the world is ever black or white. Their is always grey between them. Giving examples on this point is like arguing religion, it's a futile argument. So I won't try to convince you of anything. It would be a waste of my time.

In my opinion, in a large melting pot of moralities and ethnic cultures, an aggressive vocal minority is usually pushing their particular brand of morality on the society. As some in Government have stated, "never waste a good crisis." Sometimes they win. Sometimes they lose. Your brand of political correctness might be the flavor of today but gone tomorrow.

Reading your post, I think your worldview is dangerous for this planet. World Wars were fought to stop dictators like people who actively and criminally sought to deny basic human rights to people with a differing point of view or ethnicity. I'm not saying that you personally would take it that far, but then again I don't know you. I do know what I read in your words.
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Your whole post proves my point on how opinionated people, are judgmental. Thinking that their world is black and white. Right or wrong. Never allowing for differences of opinion. Everyone has an opinion and in a free society they have a right to it. Who am I to dictate which morality is right or wrong? You are being ethnocentric. You're judging other people relative to your own particular morality.

Societal consensus dictates secular morality and law. A culture dictates morality. A religion dictates morality. Morality and Laws are based on the opinions of those served by their rules of morality. The consensus makes the Laws of enforcement, not someone's individual opinion or morality.

People today who live in a free society, like the United States of America, that values individual human rights, have the choice to choose what's right or wrong within the Law. If the laws of their society says "smoking is legal," they have a right to smoke. It's their choice to do so. It's not illegal.

Smoking has nothing to do with my individual opinion, religion, or morality. I do not judge others on whether it's right or wrong. I do judge on legal or illegal. It's their choice to smoke. Our society currently says so. If one doesn't like that, they can work to unite others to change the rules against smoking or anything else they don't approve of, or they can find a place where those rules do not apply.

There are ethical reasons for stealing. Take any graduate college ethics course and you learn quickly that nothing in the world is ever black or white. Their is always grey between them. Giving examples on this point is like arguing religion, it's a futile argument. So I won't try to convince you of anything. It would be a waste of my time.

In my opinion, in a large melting pot of moralities and ethnic cultures, an aggressive vocal minority is usually pushing their particular brand of morality on the society. As some in Government have stated, "never waste a good crisis." Sometimes they win. Sometimes they lose. Your brand of political correctness might be the flavor of today but gone tomorrow.

Reading your post, I think your worldview is dangerous for this planet. World Wars were fought to stop dictators like people who actively and criminally sought to deny basic human rights to people with a differing point of view or ethnicity. I'm not saying that you personally would take it that far, but then again I don't know you. I do know what I read in your words.

You're getting law, rights and morality confused. I didn't say anything about smoking or stealing being illegal, or of taking away anyone's agency. One day you will come to learn that morality doesn't come from the opinions of people in societies, morality is absolute. Societies determine what laws that society should abide by. There are plenty of things that can be legal, socially acceptable, and freely available for people to choose to participate in, but which are still immoral.
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You're getting law, rights and morality confused. I didn't say anything about smoking or stealing being illegal, or of taking away anyone's agency. One day you will come to learn that morality doesn't come from the opinions of people in societies, morality is absolute. Societies determine what laws that society should abide by. There are plenty of things that can be legal, socially acceptable, and freely available for people to choose to participate in, but which are still immoral.

If what you said in this post and the other one is how you think, then I betting you believe smoking is immoral.

Is smoking immoral? I don't know anyone who believes that. It might be a disgusting habit. It might be an unhealthy practice. But I don't believe it is immoral. This was one of the reasons I replied to your post in the first place.

I don't need to learn what you said "morality doesn't come from," opinions because it is wrong. I've had eight years of graduate studies in this discipline and not once could your premise prevail as you stated it.

People's opinions on morality are their bias that becomes the basis of the particular morality they wish to follow. Otherwise they would not follow it. Opinions are conclusions of the thought process that guide a person's choices. It is their bias. It is the center of why we choose a particular religion, politic, or a lifelong mate. I'm not confusing any of this. I believe you have.

The truth is opinion is irreversibly linked to the thought process that allows one's belief structure to follow a morality. Globally you'll find many different cultures and mores from your own. It is naive to think that these different moralities are all wrong. The morality you believe absolutely today may changed in time. It has changed many times during the evolution of Christianity.

You says morality is absolute. This belief is the dangerous part of both your post. It is the basis of much destruction and death throughout history. The Nazis had a particular morality of Arian supremacy that ended in the deaths of tens of millions of human beings. It is the basis of ethnic cleansing still today and throughout history. It is total intolerance of what and how others believe, think, and worship.
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If what you said in this post and the other one is how you think, then I betting you believe smoking is immoral.

Is smoking immoral? I don't know anyone who believes that. It might be a disgusting habit. It might be an unhealthy practice. But I don't believe it is immoral. This was one of the reasons I replied to your post in the first place.

I don't need to learn what you said "morality doesn't come from," opinions because it is wrong. I've had eight years of graduate studies in this discipline and not once could your premise prevail as you stated it.

People's opinions on morality are their bias that becomes the basis of the particular morality they wish to follow. Otherwise they would not follow it. Opinions are conclusions of the thought process that guide a person's choices. It is their bias. It is the center of why we choose a particular religion, politic, or a lifelong mate. I'm not confusing any of this. I believe you have.

The truth is opinion is irreversibly linked to the thought process that allows one's belief structure to follow a morality. Globally you'll find many different cultures and mores from your own. It is naive to think that these different moralities are all wrong. The morality you believe absolutely today may changed in time. It has changed many times during the evolution of Christianity.

You says morality is absolute. This belief is the dangerous part of both your post. It is the basis of much destruction and death throughout history. The Nazis had a particular morality of Arian supremacy that ended in the deaths of tens of millions of human beings. It is the basis of ethnic cleansing still today and throughout history. It is total intolerance of what and how others believe, think, and worship.

You're still confused. It's probably 8 years of study in the 'discipline' that has you confused. I don't don't want to sound disrespectful, but moral relativism is utter horseshit. Most folks realize this, or at least they used to.

Here's a few points for you, and then I'll have to be all done with this discussion:

I didn't say smoking is immoral, I said promoting the practice is. There's a big difference.

People choose a course of action because they have agency. People choose based on their beliefs and desires, fortitude or lack thereof. People can choose that which is moral or immoral. Morality itself is separate. Things are either moral or immoral regardless of what people believe. Morality is a constant, like the laws of the universe. It doesn't matter whether you believe in gravity or not, it still exists.

Morality isn't the basis of destruction through history, bad choices are. The Nazis through their agency chose immorality. They believed in a false premise, a premise that is/was immoral. The morality (right) or immorality (wrong) wasn't the problem, their choices were. They chose poorly.

There is plenty of room for tolerance of how people believe, think and worship. This doesn't change the nature of morality. One of the simplest examples, once again, is stealing. Search the world over, and you will find that cultures everywhere understand that stealing is immoral, it is wrong to do. Most people know it. Some people just believe it. Others have lost their "moral compass."

Hypothetical: If world cultures change in the next hundred years (or less), and somehow stealing becomes acceptable, and people's belief systems change to accept the behavior as common practice, well then, it could become legal, acceptable, and expected. But it would still be immoral, because morality is a constant, regardless of how many people think otherwise. The society's behavior might change, but that would just mean the whole population just became immoral with regards to that particular thing.
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Morality isn't a question of opinion. There are people who have differing opinions on various moral subjects for sure, however in the end there is only one right answer, which means the other people are wrong, whether they like it or not.

And what exactly distinguishes the right answer from the wrong answers?
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