Oliver Wendall Holmes Comments On Freedom Of SpeechOn September 17, 1917, Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendall Holmes wrote :
" Free speech did not create a right to falsely shout "FIRE !" in a crowded theatre and the concept is still a part of our thinking on the subject.
Though the actual test today limits banned speech to that which is directed to and likely to cause a riot."
Behind the metaphor is the concept that there is a common-sense boundary of what should be OK to say thanks to the Internet. The world has become the crowded theatre of Holmes metaphor.
W. S. from Portland Or, contributed this to "Letters To The Editor"
in the Oregonian.