Dear fellow senile old fashioned monks,
I was recently pondering the future of Perl in light of other newer, buzzier, and generally better languages when I came upon this video. My first interpretation was that Perl was surely dead. But, at the end of the video-inspired-vision, I saw that while some facets of Perl might be giving way to more powerful forces there are still some things that Perl will suffice for if done right, even if it is a close call. With that said Perl really needs better armament if it is to withstand the needs of today's programmers.
What this really boils down to is a lack of ruby-like-agility on some Perl programmers, namely not using tabs.
Seventh Oracle of Delphi