雖然在本研究中仍有相當比例的受訪者為宿命觀念者，但由於世代交替的關係， 年輕的受訪者對於解決問題的阻力認知程度較低，這顯示若有良好的社區傳播工具做為動員利器，進一步形成社區問題討論的公共論壇， 年輕人的社區參與仍大有可為，這點發現值得規畫社區傳播者參考借鏡。 The research purposes of the present study are two-fold. First of all, we hope to investigate the effects of Taipei residents' media use patterns on the sense of community and participation of local affairs. Second, we hope to differentiate various community publics proposed by James Grunig's "Situational Theory" byobserving their differences in demographic characters, media use patterns, sense of community and participation of local affairs. Our research findings suggest that watching television news makes a positive contribution to an increase in sense of community and participation in local affairs,whereas various community publicshave distinct characters in terms of educational level, age, sense of community and community participation, which in turnconfirms Grunig's theory.
Although there is a substantial portion of fatalistic publicin the present study, we nevertheless are optimistic aboutyoungsters' participation in local affairs. We hope there wouldbe more media providing local forums for community residents andtherefore, activating people's participation in communityaffairs.