As a 40-year-old fan who grew up with the originals, I actually prefer watching the prequels - for many of the reasons listed in the article. I love the political intrigue, the maneuvering and machinations of Palpatine, and the eventual triumph of the Sith in the third installment. If I remember correctly, Kevin Smith expressed it succintly: watching the prequels is like watching a trainwreck. The originals show us the crew trying to clean up the wreck and repair the track; but the prequels show us the events leading up to the wreck, and they show us the massive wreck itself. Now, that doesn't mean that I think the prequels are better. Not at all. For me, the originals have a more solid and resonating feel to them; they are more "organic" than the prequels, and the characters feel a lot more "relatable" (I don't know about you, but I can relate a whole lot better to the daydreaming farmboy than I can to the monastic warrior, or to the politician.) And there is something a little "cold" about the prequels. Perhaps it has a lot to do with the presentation of such a clean and politically complex galaxy, seen at its apex. And, of course, people bitch about the acting and the dialogue. But when I watch the prequels, I don't see bad acting - I see Christensen and Portman portraying awkward characters: a repressed teenager in over his head, and a depressed politician dreaming of a simpler life - and both are romantic neophytes. My wife hates to watch Christensen because of his acting. But when I watch Attack of the Clones, I don't see bad acting, I see an awkward character. To be fair, I'm not sure that that was Christensen's intention, but that's how I see it nonetheless.
So, if I get the itch to sit down and watch a Star Wars movie, invariably, my hand grabs a prequel. As awesome and classic as the originals are, nothing gets my blood flowing like watching Anakin massacre the Separatist Council, or watching Yoda duke it out with Sidious. It's not that I don't love the originals; it's just that I like watching the prequels more.