One can try it with humour (or so): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJ1hkwfC7G0
or with arguing and arguing and arguing - only to see that most of the undoubtedly brilliant and intelligent Perl guys have a total blind spot when it comes to thinking outside of the technical domain.
You can try it with shock therapy in the hope some of the totally blind (and deaf) will awaken. Your success rate will be far from 100% however, because you underestimate the "blindness" and thinking in the box. Or - as I heard recently - being in the "echo chamber".
You will hear FUD - just the inverse way. Like "Python users are so asocial, they do not even manage to have workshops." ... or "TIOBE is flawed". YES! IT IS! But the bright guys who completely clearly brightly intelligently and logically explain to you why it is flawed, completely totally and ultimately tragically fail to see the point that "TIOBE is relevant". If someone dares to challenge me on that point, I will gladly accept.
You can try to throw in more facts to wake some people up and show them that their language is perishing and why that is so and - more important - what can be done about it. Google trends for Perl and e.g. Python, other "popularity indices" (no you will not find Perl in there), module count, number of job postings, number of books sold/written/available. But even that will awaken 1-2% at most. The rest is pretty ok with sleeping or simply does not care.
Then you can create a Propaganda.pm group and gather some people who've already awakened around you. Will that be enough to awaken everyone else? Most certainly no.
You can fight "wars" in other areas that are the tipping points. And ask the Perl community for help. In their own best interest. Will they listen? Will they wake up? You should not bet on it.
You can rant about the situation
I just found out, that the Perl community is a bunch of lethargic old-farts who deserve no better than "their language" to persish. ... Hmm. No that would not make a good motivational entry. I will have to reformulate this in a more euphemistic fashion while keeping the meaning untouched.
and get an equally perfect motivational bounceback:
Welcome to the world of the real ;-) unfortunately I've had that opinion for a while, and it's very hard to get anyone to do anything seriously positive, in part because of all the brown-nosing in the [despite anonymous quote this has to be censored]... People like Gabor (and you) still try to make a difference, but it's like pushing water uphill.
You should never awake sleeping dragons - they say. I really would like this dragon to be awakened, but am afraid, that it's just a wall lizard. But I'll keep on making noise. We'll see if I get spit fire upon or eaten or if the dragon agrees to go out for a ride.
Anyone any other idea? More meditation is needed.
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